The Mother is a static character who remains unchanged throughout the story. Olsen paints an image of herself as that of a strong and caring Mother with a lot of guilt. The conflict for the Mother is the remorse for neglecting her first born child even though the neglect could not be helped. Olsen states, “I will become engulfed with all I did or did not do, with what should have been and cannot be helped” (290). Emily is a minor character in the story and is the Mother’s first born child.
142). Although Pearl was born in a sinful fashion, she seems to be inherently good, despite her mother’s sins and her occasional fit of impishness. Hawthorne’s portrayal of Pearl in this passage shows that while she was a child born of sin, the world seems to favor her and ignore those beginnings. She is proven to be a being practically immune to sin and its repercussions, as the pitying ray of sunlight demonstrates. Reverend Dimmesdale’s underlying character also is revealed by allusions to light and dark.
Irony in Sense and Sensibility Austen uses irony as a means of moral and social satire. Her sentences, while usually simple and direct, contain within them the basic contradictions which reveal profound insights into character and theme. This is most obvious in her blunt character sketches. John Dashwood "was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather coldhearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed." Note that in the first half of the sentence, she seems to be viewing his character amiably.
A spell was broken... ...Pearl’s errand as a messenger of anguish was all fulfilled”(175). Dimmesdale saves Pearl from her demonic, imp-like nature, allowing her to grow up without hindrance from her obsession over the scarlet letter and the sorrow it brought. Lastly, Dimmesdale’s death seems to save Hester when Hawthorne writes that “the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too”(179). Dimmesdale’s death, along with his revelation to everyone as Hester’s partner in crime frees her from the mockery and ridicule she receives from the townspeople. They now seem to respect her for the suffering she underwent.
Clover realizes that society is not always right, and that she can begin to change the world by bravely sitting on top of the symbolic fence. A study of Clover, the narrator of The Other Side, illustrates that one person can change the world. At first, Clover stays to one side of the fence that separates the white side and the black side of town. She watches Annie from afar, abiding by her mother’s rules: “Don’t climb over that fence when you play.” She stays far away from the fence as she watches the girl in the pink sweater climb up on the fence. Clover wonders why everyone and everything in their town is separated.
Her breast, with its badge of shame, was but the softer pillow for the head of that needed one” (Hawthorne, 156). It is evident here that Hester is a victim of the strict Puritan society, with their shameless judgments and punishments. Taking a look into Hester’s soul, she knows God is the only one she is here to please, and redeem herself with. Since Pearl is associated with Hester, and seen as a child of sin, of course she is among her mother in being judged and ostracized, but Hester continues and will always parent her to the best of her ability,
Hester’s pain at her alienation is apparent in the devotion she holds towards her daughter Pearl, her (and Pearl’s) only company. “But she named the infant ‘Pearl’, as being of great price – purchased with all she had – her mother’s only treasure!” (Hawthorne 83). Their relationship is a tenuous one, but Hester’s maternal bond to her daughter helps her cope with alienation. Through Pearl, Hester learns some measure of empathy again and finds comfort in the fact that someone will accept her for who she is. Pearl does exactly that and more; she intuits the “inner sinfulness” that Hester holds in her heart and displays on her breast, and accepts Hester.
Ever since her mother died, she has longed for a maternal touch. Although Rosaleen loves Lily, Rosaleen’s somewhat insensitive, personality prevents her from providing Lily with the kind of compassion that Lily thinks a mother should provide. August, however, can and does provide Lily with what she considers to be “mother’s love” total and complete understanding, firm guidance, and the ability to gently criticize. But August believes in a different kind of motherly love that supplied by the mother of God, the Virgin Mary. For much of the novel, August teaches Lily about the kind of undying, universal, hidden love that exists everywhere in the world but which is actually manufactured by the Virgin Mary.
In the book The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne uses light and dark imagery to show that lust can lead to disaster. An example of light and dark imagery occurs when Hester is walking in the forest with Pearl, and Pearl says “Mother, the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Now see!There it is, playing, a good way off. Stand you here, and let me run and catch it.
While Hester’s “sins” are out in public where all could see, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth hide their debaucheries from public view. The persecution of Hester strengthens her faith and conviction in the difference between right and wrong. The solitary life Hester is forced to live results in a determined drive to raise Pearl to the best of her ability: “Lonely was Hester’s situation, without a friend on Earth who dared to show himself, she, however, incurred no risk of want” (75). Focused only on bettering her life for Pearl, the townspeople see and benefit from the very