The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Brazilian author Paulo Coelho once wrote, "We can 't choose our lives, but we can decide what to do with the joys and griefs we are given." In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the current society excommunicates those who they deemed more sinful than others. At the time, one of the most scandalous sins was adultery. Hester Prynne was among those who were cast out of society due to their sinful deeds, her’s being of the “worse”. In result, her daughter Pearl was one of the constant reminders of what she had done. In this novel, Pearl symbolises truth in the form of Hester 's sin, her biological father, and the grace that has yet to come. One way Pearl symbolises the truth in Hester’s crime is her constant reminder of her mother’s sin. Throughout the book, Hawthorne makes it apparent that Pearl is a living version of her mother’s scarlet letter by including various situation and conversation admitting the truth.
“She is my happiness! --she is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me too! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter…” (Hawthorne 104)
In the quote above, said by Hester Prynne, she was admitting the truth that the punishment they had given her had followed her beyond a stitch of fabric. In fact, she is claiming that even though she loves Pearl deeply, her daughter also shows her the truth of her past everyday as she is neglected by society. Another example is a statement that describes a purpose to…

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