Innocent In The Scarlet Letter

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English III, Period 1 11/7/2012 Innocent or Guilty Puritans lived their lives under the word and command of God. They had punishments for every kind of sin expressed in their holy book. So if this is the case what should have happened to baby Pearl? She was born into the Puritan world from a sin. In Nathaniel Hawthorn's, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl is the symbol of sin and adultery as portrayed by society. She is the “living” scarlet letter that acts as a reminder to Hester of her sin. She is a unique child with traits that make the rest of the town believe she is the devil child. However she is also the connection that Hester and Dimmesdale have with one another, and the reason why they came out to the public. Pearl is the human…show more content…
She is the outcome of the sin they committed. As Pearl grows up she starts to becomes the harassment that both Hester and Dimmesdale have to deal with. Pearl makes sure that her mother is always wearing the letter A on her chest. She tells her mother not to be afraid of her sin and not to walk away from it. However she is also the harassment Dimmesdale has to deal with.Pearl refuses to accept him into his life until he promises to come out and reveal himself. Pearl says “' But wilt thou promise asked', asked Pearl,'to take my hand and mother's hand, to morrow noontide'” (Hawthorne 105). In this quote Pearl is asking Dimmesdale to stand with them and reveal himself to the public. Dimmesdale however still holds back and does not reveal himself yet. Soon after Dimmesdale steps up on the scaffold with them but looks hesitant. The narrator explains “ Pearl kissed his lips. A spell was broken. The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part, had developed all her sympathies....”(Hawthorne 251). The kiss Pearl gives Dimmesdale makes him realize something. He openly talks to the public and admits he his the father and he, the one person most looked up to, has committed a sin. Pearl is a unique character that makes everyone in the community think about their ideas from a different point of view. She is the connection between Dimmesdale and Hester, she is the natural symbol of sin and is the reason why Dimmesdale revealed himself to the public. She is a wise girl for her age and has knowledge most children do not need. Pearl is higher in the community and the reverand
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