Pearl is the greatest symbol in "The Scarlet Letter"

Essay by lary420High School, 11th gradeB-, December 2006

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In "The Scarlet Letter" Hester and Dimmsedales sin is represented by Pearl throughout the novel. Pearl represents her parent's sin through her actions. The way Hester reacts to Pearl is a symbol of her sin. Lastly the personality of Pearl is a direct representation of Hester and Dimmsedales sin. All in all Pearl is a symbol of her parent's sin.

Pearls actions throughout the novel allude to her parent's sin. Hawthorne says this in chapter six "god, as a direct consequence of the sin which man thus punished, had given her a lovely child, whose place was on that same dishonored bosom, to connect her parent forever with the race and descent of mortals, and to be finally a blessed soul in heaven!"(80).in this quote hawthorne is connecting pearl to her parents sin. When describing Pearl the hawthorne depicts her as "In this one child there were many children...throughout

all however there was a trait of passion [alluding to her mothers crime of passion], a certain depth of hue, which she never lost"(81).this quote shows how Pearl subconsciously reminds her mother of her sin. So with this in mind, Pearl's actions are obviously an allusion to her parent's sin.

Hester's view of Pearl is a symbol of her sin. Whenever Pearl is being described she's usual associated with a fictional creature of evil like an elf or an imp. The evil that this suggests, reminds us that she was born of sin. In chapter six Hester almost believes that Pearl is a sprite that's going to flutter away and disappear at any moment. Hester sees Pearl as a loner that is as passionate as the act that created her.

Hester also sees Pearl as an uncontrollable bundle of emotion, much like how...