The Relationship Between Hester And Pearl In The Scarlet Letter

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"It was meant for a blessing; for the one blessing of her life! It was meant, doubtless, as the mother herself hath told us, for a retribution too; a torture, to be felt at many an unthought of moment." This quote that was made in chapter eight of the Scarlet Letter was stated by Arthur Dimmesdale to the governor to allow Hester Prynne keep her daughter, Pearl. Throughout the Scarlet Letter we see the relationship between Hester and Pearl and also some thoughts about how others view Pearl. Most characters see her as an evil devil child and Hester also sees this in her. Hester and Pearl's relationship really seems toxic in the beginning of the book and Hester even seems to view her as a horrible burden but maybe Pearl has always been a blessing …show more content…
Pearl tries to please her mother and she clearly loves her but the way she acts doesn't seem to solely match that. In the story she is always at a young age and she grows no older than seven. She really doesn't know much about the world because she has been despised by the townspeople. Pearl knows what Hester has taught her and also what she has taught herself. Her behavior is wild and fierce which Hester states by saying, "She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart." Pearl is a little bit crazy because she is probably frustrated due to the fact that she has no friends and her only friend is her mother. Pearl does change her personality when she gets older and she finally gets to meet her father, Dimmesdale. There is a distinctive change in personality where Dimmesdale and Pearl meet at the scaffold because she has seemed to act calm and not as crazy when she is with her father. Possibly her attitude changes because she has always wanted her family to be whole again or the fact that she has someone else to be with. Pearl may be an odd child but she didn't act up for no

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