Pear, from Elf to Treasure Essay

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Delaram Yazdani American Literature 1 Final Exam 21 February 2013 Pearl, From Elf to Treasure The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story of puritanical society, a kind of society which confronted Hester for having committed the sin of adultery, and expelled her from the community by making her to wear the Scarlet Letter “A”. Pearl is the outcome of the sin. She represents the Scarlet Letter, or better to say, she is the living symbol of the Scarlet letter. However, she meant treasure to her mother, a gift from the Almighty God, and brought liveliness and happiness to her life. ““God gave me the child?” cried she. “He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million fold the power of retribution for my sin? Ye shall not take her! I will die first!"”(Hawthorne, 109) Unlike Hester, all the society members considered her as a devil child, or imp due to her mother`s guiltiness, "She knew that her deed had been evil; she could have no faith, therefore, that its result would be for good. Day after day she looked fearfully into the child's expanding nature; ever dreading to detect some dark and wild peculiarity that could restore to the guiltiness to which she owed her being" (86). When she walked with her mother in the town, the other kids anathematized her, but she defended her mother and ignored them. Although she loved her mother, she had a great curiosity to unfold the secret of the Scarlet letter and make her mother to face up to it, which irritated Hester sometimes since she reminded her of the sin and the shame. “Mother, the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself,

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