She also is a glimpse into the author’s beliefs, as his connection to Romantic beliefs rubs off on the character. Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne, functions in the novel The Scarlet Letter as a physical representation of elements in the story and the author’s Romantic views. In the novel, Hester’s rebelliousness and energy are unique and contrast greatly with the bland Puritan ideals. From the beginning, the author’s positive diction and comparison of Hester to Mary help to characterize a woman with a pure spirit, despite her sin. Pearl, Hester’s daughter, is the embodiment of this spirit.
“[T]he evil which she [inherits] from her [mother] must be great indeed, if a noble woman [does] not grow out of this elfish child.” (62) Pearl is born out-of-wedlock and adultery. She has to live with that sin all of her life. Hester fears that it will be her fault if Pearl does not grow up into someone with a good heart. All of Hester’s grief from her sinful act with Dimmesdale transfers into Pearl to give her a “demon ori... ... middle of paper ... ...earl knows that this is mean and she doesn’t like it when people stare at her and Hester and say mean things to them. Pearl is in love with the scarlet letter, and she does not have any friends because she is consumed in the depravity of the scarlet letter and her mother.
Hawthorne gives the audience a chance to consider their own opinion on what Pearl really stands for. His ambiguity shows the true complexity to Pearl and each of her symbolic meanings. This is clear in all of the symbolic meanings Pearl had. In the novel, Pearl is an excellent example of childish innocence and treasure, evil and sin, and morality. Her will power and imagination make her a blessing and a curse to her mother, who has paid such a great price for her child.
A pearl is a precious thing; the finest example of something; pure, white, sinless. However, this distinct character, Pearl is unwanted, a sign of transgression, taint, dirty, and full of sin. In The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne commits adultery and has a baby named Pearl who is the symbol of her mother's sin. Pearl is a rebellious outcast within The Scarlet Letter. She plays a role in key narrative events and due to the embodiment of her mother's sin her actions represent her identity.
Although Pearl changes, she always symbolizes evil. Pearl symbolizes evil in the story by representing God’s punishment of Hester’s sin, symbolizing the guilt and the scarlet letter that controls her behavior, and defying Puritan laws by being cheerful and associating with nature. Pearl represents God’s punishment by her mocking and nagging of Hester. Throughout the novel she sometimes seemed to her mother as almost a witch baby (Matthiessen 104). She is a baffling mixture of strong emotions with a fierce temper and a capacity for evil.
Pearl was not accepted by the children; her unavoidable seclusion was due to the sin of her mother. On the rare occasion that the children show interest in Pearl, she lashes out at them. The members of the Puritan society view Pearl as a weird, strange little girl, born from a sinful act. However, the characters with a closer, more in depth relationship to the child, feel differently towards Pearl. “She is a strange child!
Hawthornes Use of Pearl as Symbolism in The Scarlett Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne commingles the use of symbolism frequently in his book The Scarlet Letter. The most complex of these symbols is Pearl, the daughter of the illicit relationship between Hester Pyrnne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Pearl possesses intelligence, imagination and an attitude of inquisitiveness and determination, which occasionally gives way to sheer disobedience of her mother’s will. She is a girl of diverse temperaments. Her unusual behavior leads to appellations of different sorts usually inauspicious.
As the story continues, the letter has a different meaning that the one it had in its origin, and this new conception of the letter is a representation of both beauty and rebellion with regard to art. Hester is the lively representation of art through beauty, and Hester’s art is also attached to the figure of her daughter, because Pearl is the personification that something beautiful and perfect can be created from a sin. And some members of the community stare at them because they represent everything the puritans once rejected from their past, the beauty in art.
See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin?" (Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter). This shows that Pearl is more of an object of symbolism than an actual character. She also serves as the connecting link between Hester and Dimmesdale. She represents their love and passion for each other.
The Mystery of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Among many nuances present in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, is the mystery of Pearl. This mystery is never actually in the real person of Pearl, but in the child she appears to be. At times, the townspeople and even Pearl’s mother, herself, call Pearl the demon-child, a fiend, and a torturer. Hester feels Pearl’s purpose on earth is to torture her but at the same time to be her joy. In reality, Pearl is a normal child, except for the fact that she is somewhat sealed off from the rest of the world.