Pearl Prynne Character Analysis

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An Analysis of the Fiery Depths of Pearl Prynne

“There was fire in [Pearl] and throughout [Pearl]”(84). Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, is young in The Scarlet Letter; however, she proves to have a large personality. Hester and Dimmesdale were not married when they conceived Pearl and Pearl has grown up in a single-parent home, knowing not of her father’s identity. eaders of The Scarlet Letter will notice that in the novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne, presents Pearl Prynne as a manifestation of the deepest elements of Hester and Dimmesdale’s personalities, by repeating specific adjectives on Pearl that were once used to describe the inner thoughts of Hester and Dimmesdale by the repetition of adjectives used to describe the inner thoughts of Hester and Dimmesdale, but the outer essence of little Pearl.
Hester Prynne shows great character emotional development and Hawthorne uses this as a vehicle to simultaneously describe Pearl’s physical growth. Early on in the novel, Hester feels as though it is “only… her”(54), indicating loneliness and sorrow as she stands in front of a crowd of
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Dimmesdale proves to cover up his guilt with a tic, holding his hand over his heart, and resorts to using his “intellectual gifts”(117). Pearl is also described as giving a look to Hester that is “intelligent, yet inexplicable”(76), similar to Dimmesdale. Interestingly, Hawthorne chose to use the word intelligent, rather than smart or clever. Smart and clever tend to implicate academic intelligence, whereas intelligence can be used in a variety of ways. In the case of Pearl and Dimmesdale, the readers are led to believe that he intends for intelligence to be understood on a deeper level, perhaps emotionally, because Pearl and Dimmesdale both think often and can be quite

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