The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1392 Words Oct 5th, 2015 6 Pages
The novel, The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells of an adulteress named Hester Prynne in the New England Puritan society. This adulteress gives birth to a daughter, Pearl Prynne, while accompanied by her partner in adultery, Reverend Dimmesdale, and her lost husband Roger Chillingworth in this highly offensive and judgmental society. Each of these main characters changes through each of the scaffold scenes which signifies a place of hiding and releasing secrets and confessions. The scaffold signifies a place of mockery, hanging, shaming as well as a place for proclaiming news and speeches. In each of the scaffold scene, it shows Pearl, Chillingworth, Hester, and Dimmesdale’s character development in which shows adultery, able, and acceptance.
Hester’s daughter Pearl knows little of the true meaning and significances of the letter A but it still affects transformation. In the Scarlet Letter, Pearl’s transformation occurs at each of the scaffold scenes, which starts at her infancy. Hester held Pearl, “…not so much by an impulse of mother affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress,” (Hawthorne 37). Hester squeezes Pearl and holds her tightly because she notices Pearl crying and Chillingworth in the crowd. Pearl starts out as infant who fears the unknown and Chillingworth whom with holds the shames of the A upon Pearl. As Pearl grows in age and in her pre-teen years she appears at the Scaffold…

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