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Letter. Significance Nathaniel Hawthorne develops Pearl into the most obvious central symbol of the novel, the scarlet letter. First, Pearl’s birth resulted from the sin of adultery, the meaning of the “A.” Since she came from a broken rule, Pearl does not feel that she has to follow rules. Hawthorne expresses that “The child could not be made amendable to rules” (Hawthorne 91). Next, Pearl exhibits the same characteristics as the scarlet letter. For example, the letter contains scarlet fabric. Hester makes red clothes for Pearl to wear, making her an outcast of Puritan society. Likewise, wearing the scarlet letter has made Hester an outcast of society. Furthermore, Pearl grows just as Hester continues to enlarge the letter by adding golden thread. During infancy,

“The letter is the first object that Pearl becomes aware of” (Baym 57). Throughout her life, Pearl became very attached to the scarlet letter that was on Hester’s bosom. When Hester removed it in the forest, Pearl became detached from her mother. Finally, at the end of the novel Hester, still wearing the scarlet letter, returns to Boston without Pearl. Although Hawthorne does not tell what happened to Pearl, the reader learns about the death of Hester. Before Hester died, she continued to wear the scarlet letter. While all alone in Boston, one can reason that Hester wore the letter to keep Pearl a part of herself. Since Pearl symbolized the scarlet letter, she held a large role in the plot of the Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne’s character of Pearl is the most significant

object in developing the plot of the Scarlet Letter. To start, Pearl’s birth proved Hester’s sin of adultery. Subsequently, the people of Boston forced Hester to wear the scarlet letter. The letter turns Hester into an outcast of society. Next, when Chillingworth found out that Hester gave birth to Pearl, he became determined to find the father of the child. Chillingworth thinks that Dimmesdale had the affair with Hester, but he cannot prove it. While caring for Dimmesdale, Chillingworth commits many cruel deeds against the minister. Pearl helped to create the conflict between Chillingworth and Dimmesdale. Furthermore, Pearl’s birth reminded Dimmesdale of his sin of having an affair with Hester. Because of his cowardly personality, Dimmesdale tries to fast and whip the sin

from his body plus “confessing his sin as he faces his Sunday congregation” (Leavitt 74). The birth of Pearl ignited the conflict within Dimmesdale. Finally, the conflict between Pearl and the children of Boston surfaces. Pearl’s red clothing becomes a target of other children’s jokes. If the affair had never produced a child, then the novel’s major conflicts most likely would be less intense. Therefore, every major conflict has its roots with Pearl’s birth. In Hawthorne’s novel the Scarlet Letter, Pearl represents the anguish in the lives of the other major characters. Life in Puritan New England presented many difficulties for Hester Prynne’s daughter Pearl. Next, Pearl becomes a scarlet letter as the novel progresses. Finally, the most significant part of the

Scarlet Letter’s plot was the birth and life of Pearl. The purpose of this essay was to analyze the character Pearl from the Scarlet Letter. Most of her characteristics show that Pearl could be a real child. For example, Pearl’s language expresses a sign of a child prodigy with a good parent teacher. Pearl’s behavior could also mean that she feels rebellious to all of the hardships that she acquires from society. Finally, Pearl compares with a real child in that she constantly tries throughout the novel to find out what takes place around her. Overall, Nathaniel Hawthorne developed Pearl successfully and made her one of the most significant and memorable characters in the Scarlet Letter.