Dynamic Character In Scarlet Letter

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People learn and grow from being courageous while facing various experiences in life. This is how one’s character is constructed. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how one’s character can be very influential to the people around them. Pearl, Hester Prynne’s daughter, who is very symbolic but also makes some drastic changes occur. Hawthorne wrote about Pearl to show how one character can make a difference no matter how young. Although some depict Pearl to be a flaw in society, she is actually an essential character in the novel. Pearl symbolizes the living version of the scarlet letter she also represents honesty.
In the novel, Hester Prynne’s daughter, Pearl is very symbolic. Pearl symbolizes sin and adultery due
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Pearl persistently reminds Hester of the sin she has committed. One example is when Pearl was a baby her “eyes had been caught by the glimmering of the gold embroidery about the letter; and putting up her little hands, she grasped at it, smiling...” (66). Pearl use to grasp the scarlet letter on her mother’s chest, drawing more attention to it, which would once again remind Hester that she’s an adulteress. An additional example is when Pearl gathers some prickly burrs then “…she arranged them along the lines of the scarlet letter that decorated the maternal bosom…” (92). Once again Pearl is emphasizing the letter “A,” thus reminding her mother of the sin she has committed. Pearl is her mother’s joy in life, but she also tortures her. Everything Pearl does remind her of the scarlet letter. Pearl looks like Dimmesdale which also causes Hester to think about the sin she has committed. Throughout the entire novel Pearl continuously reminds Hester that she’s an adulterer and to make sure she doesn’t commit another …show more content…
One theme is that different people can learn from one’s mistakes. An example is how Pearl lives an honest life because she remembered the result of the letter on her mother and the guilt of her father. Since she saw the mistakes her mother made and had done, she made sure her life was different because she wouldn’t want the same outcomes. Hester was looked down upon for committing a sin and was always gossiped about. But Pearl on the other hand, grew up into a strong woman who was happily married. She lives in England in an expensive house. The second theme is that innocence is always rewarded. Pearl was always the one who spoke the truth. She never committed any sin. Roger Chillingworth left her his entire life savings because she never did anything wrong. Since she was innocent she was rewarded with wealth. Hawthorne uses Pearl to reveal different moral lessons one can gain knowledge

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