Pearl : A Child Of Torment Or A Blessing Essay

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Pearl: A Child of Torment or a Blessing in Disguise
Pearl is the subject of mystery throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, and Hester Prynne frequently ponders whether Pearl of being a gift of God or perhaps the burden of Satan. Throughout the story, Pearl is often described looking and acting like an “elf” or “imp”. This may imply that Pearl was sent to Hester for another purpose. Was Pearl sent to Hester to torment her as punishment for her crime or was she a blessing and could God or even Satan have sent this child to Hester? And was Pearl truly an elf creature or Hester’s child? Why did Hawthorne use fairy like creatures as a way to describe Pearl?
Hawthorne writes of the religious believes and folklore of the puritan time, though doing so he paints a picture of the weakness of woman to magic and the darkness. Puritan’s religious belief was that a woman was more likely to be beckoned to Satan; this was due to the creation story of Adam and Eve of the Bible. Carol F. Karlsen writes in the historical literature: The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen “The belief woman was evil continued to reside in the myth at the core of puritan culture- the biblical tale of human origins. Really two myths in one, it is the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.”(Karlsen 173). This way of thinking was breed into the minds of all puritans, which leads Hester to think that Pearl could have been a form of torment…

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