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her life. In order to act like a father, Dimmesdale must accept his sin and come open to the public. “?But wilt thou promise,’ asked Pearl,’ to take my hand and mother’s hand, to-morrow noontide?’”(Hawthorne 105). In this quote Pearl is asking Dimmesdale to stand with them, and come open to the public. “?Doth he love us?’ said Pearl, looking up with acute intelligence into her mothers face. ?Will he go back with us, hand in hand, we three together, into town?’”(Hawthorne 145). Pearl is again implying that she wants Dimmesdale to come out in the open with his love and sin. In the end, he bravely stands on the scaffold, and publically confesses his sin in the light of day. The confession finally gives him a sense of peace. Pearl is transformed at the end of the

novel when Dimmesdale stands with her on the scaffold and makes his confession. It is obvious that the child has longed for his love and acceptance in the open public. When he asks her for a kiss this time, she willingly gives it. Her sense of human identity is established in her acceptance of Dimmesdale’s paternity. As a result, she cries with real human emotion for the first time in the book, foreshadowing that her past is put away and she will be able to live a normal life in the future. “Pearl kissed his lips. A spell was broken. The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part, had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father’s cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor forever do battle with

the world, but be a woman in it”(Hawthorne 233). In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pearl symbolizes Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s connection in more ways than one. Pearl is truly the human symbol for the sin of adultery. Not only is she a symbol for Hester, but for Dimmesdale also. More importantly Pearl leads Hester and Dimmesdale to accept their sin.