Scarlet Letter Chapter 5 Essay

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Chapter Five: Hester at Her Needle
Summary
Hester is released from prison and finds a cottage in the woods, near the outskirts of the city, to set up her new life. Hawthorne comments on the fact that she does not avail herself of the opportunity to escape to a new life without shame in some other city. He remarks that often people are irresistibly drawn to live near the place where a great has occurred. He further comments that even if that is not the reason, Hester may have been inclined to remain in Boston because her secret lover still lived there.
Hester's skill at needlework, earlier shown in the fine way that she displayed the scarlet letter, allows her to maintain a fairly stable lifestyle. However, her reputation as an outcast
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The attentions Hester gives to designing Pearl's clothing is significant. Pearl should be viewed as a living extension of the scarlet letter. Thus Hester permits herself the extravagance of attiring Pearl in beautiful clothing much the way she decorated the letter upon her breast. Pearl, even more than the letter, embodies the shame of Hester's adultery.
Chapter Six: Pearl
Summary
Hawthorne discusses the choice of the name Pearl. He indicates that Hester chose the name to represent something of great value- namely the cost of her virtue. Hester is afraid that nothing good can come from her sin, and thus she fears that Pearl will in some way be retribution for her sinful passion.
Hester spends hours clothing Pearl in the richest garments she can find, even though Hawthorne comments that Pearl would appear just as beautiful in any garment. Hester's passion exists in the child's demeanor in the form of "flightiness of temper...and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart."
Pearl turns out to be unmanageable as a child, forcing Hester to let her do what she wants. Pearl has a particular mood where nothing Hester does can persuade the child to change her stance, and so eventually Hester "[is] ultimately compelled to stand aside, and permit the child to be swayed by her own impulses."
Pearl is compared to a witch in both the way she interacts with other children and in the way she plays. Having

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