Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

1131 Words Dec 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s main motto in The Scarlet Letter is “be true, be true, be true, show freely to the world.” Pearl, Hester Prynne’s daughter, and Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne’s estranged husband, have similar roles throughout the novel, yet they have extremely different motives and tactics in order to achieve their goals. Pearl and Chillingworth both have the task of attempting to get Hester Prynne, a young mother and accused adulteress, and Arthur Dimmesdale, a Puritan minister, to be true to themselves. Firstly, Pearl wants Hester to stay true to herself and wants Hester to reveal who Pearl’s father is. Secondly, Pearl wants Dimmesdale to confess that he is her father and that he committed adultery with her mother, Hester. In addition, Chillingworth wants to torture Dimmesdale for the adultery he committed with Hester. Chillingworth also wants to torture Hester, through torturing Dimmesdale, since she too committed the sin of adultery. Pearl and Chillingworth have different motives, yet they both have the same end goal of getting Hester and Dimmesdale to be true to themselves. Pearl wants to keep her mother, Hester, pure and she wants her mother to reveal who she committed adultery with. In order to accomplish her goal, Pearl refuses to cross the brook in order to be with her parents. Pearl tells Hester that she will not come over to her, instead, Hester has to come over to Pearl’s side of the brook. Hawthorne writes, “Pearl, without responding in any manner to…

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