Essay Pearl Scarlet Letter
A sign so people would know who she was and what she had done.
It made people shun her, as shown in Chapter two, The Market-Place, where the women are gossiping about Hester and her scarlet letter.
In the mind of Pearl –the child who grew up around the letter- it was something she is so used to seeing on her mother, that in chapter 19 The Child at the Brook Side, when she see Hester without it she refuses to go to her.
But in a way Pearl herself is a personified version of the scarlet letter, beautiful, strange, and alluring.
Arthur Dimmesdale’s reveal showed that even the “purest of hearts” aren’t untouched by sin, and that is the final meaning of the scarlet letter.
The scarlet letter appears in many forms throughout the book.
Also, due to Hester and Pearl’s strange isolation “the little Puritans . For example, when Pearl washes off Reverend Dimmesdale’s kiss in the forest, it is not because she feels she cannot love the Reverend since he is connected to God, but rather because she knows he is keeping a secret from her, as well as from the Puritan community, and refuses to be kind to him until he reveals the truth.
“After testing both smiles and frowns, and proving that neither mode of treatment possessed any calculable influence, Hester was ultimately compelled to stand aside, and permit [Pearl] to be swayed by her own impulses (94).” Consequently, when Reverend Wilson asks Pearl “Canst thou tell me, my child, who made thee?
(111)” Pearl responds, out of defiance, that she was “plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grew by the prison door (111).” While this causes Mr. in the mother and child; and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues.
Luckily, as the story ends and Reverend Dimmesdale reveals his sin on the scaffold, Pearl is able to live a normal life because the burden of her parents’ sin was lifted from her soul.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne has many symbols, but none of them really stand out as much as the one the book is named after, the Scarlet Letter.
Especially since Hester “arrayed her in a crimson velvet tunic, of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold tread……it was the scarlet letter in another form; the scarlet letter endowed with life!