Pearl constantly reminds Hester of her sin but at the same time Pearl also brings Hester joy which shows Hester’s new thinking of how no one can be purely evil. The society looks upon Pearl’s intuitivenes... ... middle of paper ... ...illingworth, because she is a product of his wife sin, she is a source of pain but she also brings him happiness because she is a burden to his wife too. Through Pearl’s character, Hawthorne brings the question of good versus evil out. One cannot be there without the other so society, which is destined to sin due to the original sin, cannot be the real judge of good or evil. Pearl was a burden to Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, and Hester but she was only a burden because she was leading them all towards good.
Is it possible to love a mistake more than anything else in the world? For Hester it certainly was. Even though Hester did not mean to have this child, that did not change the way she felt about Pearl. After her public shame, Pearl was the only good thing that remained in Hester’s life and she cherished the child with all her being. No other family or friends truly loved her after she committed that appalling sin, except Pearl, who, no matter how much Hester sinned, would never cease to love her.
Everyone in the town thought that baby Pearl was satan’s child. Pearl was not wanted and looked down on. But Hester didn’t hate her baby, she cherished her. Pearl was all that she had, and she didn’t mind it. Hester made the bad situations into good.
Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne, in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was an important character to the novel. From the first time we hear of pearl, Hawthorne uses her as a symbol of Hester’s sin. Although at the begging of the novel Pearl symbolized Hester’s sin and shame and was the living embodiment of the letter “A”, its symbol evolved. According to some critics, Pearl symbolizes truth and the natural word because she is not contaminated by society in any way. I agree with the critics, living away from the city allowed her to become the symbol of truth and the natural world because she has not been contaminated by puritan society, she senses the truth around her with a lot of knowledge for her age, and she represents a gift
A birthmark normally is not a big deal, but Alymer takes the birthmark into a deeper meaning. He views the birthmark as a spiritual flaw on her character. Removal of the birthmark will make her reach perfection in Alymer’s eyes. He believes the mark symbolizes “his wife’s liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death.”(2) The narrator hints towards this being nonsense. Aminadab finally gives some sanity in this story when he tells Georgiana that he would not have her remove the birthmark.
Pearl’s behavior towards her mother varied at different times. She would often constantly nag her mother and became infatuated with the scarlet "A" which her mother wore. She is anything but a normal Puritan child, and Hawthorne creates her character very interestingly. “The child could not be made amenable to rules. In giving her existence, a great law had been broken.....” (91)Pearl was so very aware of this “A” even if she did not fully understand the meaning of it at her young age.
By becoming a nun she was able to teach others to respect life and become more like Jesus (A Son of God). As a child Sister Helen was taught to be very supportive and to give this support to those who needed her help. When confronted with Matthew, Sister Helen tries to see the good in him and show him the respect she believes he deserves. She believes that there is good in all man and that every person deserves respect. Sister Helen understands that what Matthew did was wrong, but she also knows that every person is worth more than their worst act, and that ,"No man deserves to die .
Nevertheless, she learned from her mistakes and used them wisely to help raise her daughter, Pearl. Around the Puritan era committing adultery was unheard of, once you sinned, your sins were publicly exposed to the world, and Hester used her mistakes to help raise her daughter, Pearl.
Even though she may not have always portrayed it in the most obvious ways, Pearl loved Hester. Hester and the red badge of shame she wore, represented comfort and love to sweet Pearl and she loved both. Gaining Pearl’s trust seemed extremely rare if not impossible for virtually everyone, that is except Hester. All of Pearl’s trust abided in her caring mother Hester, and in no one else. If the village had insisted on removing her from her mother’s care, it would have terrified Pearl, as she only trusted that one single loving person.
Even though her mother committed a sinful act of adultery, Pearl still looks up to her mother with love and grace. Pearl recognizes characters and their significance in her and her mother’s life. There are some points in the story where Pearl is considered a child of the Devil simply because she is the result of a sin. Pearl continuously finds ways to defy the image of being an evil child. Throughout the story, Pearl illustrates an “elf-like” intelligence and a maturity that children do not normally have.