Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

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Tell the Truth As the former president Thomas Jefferson once said, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a girl named Pearl who is the product of adultery between a Puritan woman and a minister. The minister will not admit that he is her father. This causes Pearl to be set on hounding the minister to tell the truth because without the truth a person can never be free. Pearl wants her mother Hester to acknowledge the truth so her mother can also be set free. Pearl throughout the novel proves her parents that they can not run away from the truth because it will only set them free.

Pearl is the product of Hester and Dimmesdale 's sin and therefore reveals their secret. As Hester stood on the scaffold she looks down at herself:
She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and the shame were real. Yes!--these were her realities--all else has vanished. (Hawthorne 57)
The infant Hester holds in her arms is her daughter Pearl. Pearl is truth because the town would not have known that Hester is being unfaithful to her husband since Pearl is the product of the infidelity. Hester believes that Pearl and the scarlet letter both brought her shame to her life. They both cause everyone in the Puritan society to focus on Hester’s new shame…

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