Scarlet Letter Essay

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Pearl Meriam Webster defines adultery as voluntarily sex between a married person and a person who is not their spouse. Adultery is not defined as a person who falls in love with someone else while her husband is away. It is not defined as the connection between two people even though one is married. In The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester Prynne commits adultery, which is considered an unforgiveable sin in the puritan society. Out of this “unforgiveable sin” comes a baby named Pearl who is only defined as the embodiment of her mother’s sin. Pearl is defined as one that is very precious; it does not define Pearl as a disgrace or as a product of adultery. Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how Hester must live with her sin everyday of her life and shows the journey of raising Pearl. In reality, Pearl is the embodiment of true love that connects her mother and absent father together. In The Scarlet Letter, Pearl may appear to be a living embodiment of Hester’s sin, but her ultimate fate suggests that she is the embodiment of true love and her flaws are caused only by her father’s refusal to claim her. Pearl is the embodiment of true love, a statement proven true multiple times in this book. One of the many statements used to prove that Pearl is the embodiment of true love is Pearl’s name sake, or the significance of Pearl to her mother. Even though she is a reminder of Hester’s “sin,” Pearl is more than a mere punishment to her mother, she is also a blessing. Pearl’s existence gives her mother a reason to live, reinforcing her spirit when she is tempted to give up. The first example of Pearl’s name sake, “But she named the infant “Pearl” as being of great price-purchased with all she had-her mother’s only treasure!”(41). This quote indicates the meaning and significance of Pearl’s name. Pearl’s name is very important to her mother and makes Hester want to live even

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