Pearls Phony Puritan Person

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Brandon Roberts November 11, 2007 AP Language/ Adv. American Lit. One of the most intricate characters in The Scarlet Letter is Pearl. Throughout the story Pearl develops into a dynamic individual, some what of a Romantic hero, as well as a tremendously imperative symbol. Pearl is a living representation of the scarlet letter, acting as a constant reminder of Hester's sin. Throughout the story Pearl has been in a constant interaction with nature and uses nothing but her intuitiveness to learn more about where she came from. The exquisite dresses and accepted by nature and animals, and ostracized by the other Puritan children. "Pearl was her beauty cause Pearl to be viewed as strange to the other Puritan children. As a result, she is a born outcast of the infantile world... the whole peculiarity, in short, of her position in respect to other children." (pg. 86) Pearl’s unavoidable isolation was due to the sin of her mother. On the rare occasion that the children would show interest in Pearl she would "grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them..." (pg. 87) Pearl was more compatible with nature then anything else. As a product of Pearl's seclusion from society, nature sympathizes with her, which is expressed through sunlight in the forest. "The light lingered about the lonely child, as if glad of such a playmate," (pg. 168). The sunlight is content with Pearl, accepting her as she is. Hawthorne describes another sign of acceptance as the "great black forest...became the playmate of the lonely infant." (pg. 187) Eventually it is declared, "The truth seems to be, however, that the mother-forest, and these wild things which it nourished all recognized wildness in the human child." (pg. 188) Because Pearl isn't accepted by the community she takes on the characteristics of nature because nature accepts her as one of its own. Pearl

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