She may feel as if her birth was a curse to her mother, and that it’s all her fault she lived with such disgrace. Pearl was a reminder of the very day her mother stood on trial, named Pearl for this symbolic reason. See the name Pearl stands for great price, one of which Hester had to pay. I’m sure Pearl was grateful that her mother was cleared of all her charges due to Governors Dimmesdale admission of guilt. Once cleared of all charges Hester didn’t leave because she said ‘’here was the scene of her guilt, therefore it must be the scene of her earthly punishment ‘’.
Thus, Pearl’s existence gives her mother reason to live, bolstering her spirits when she is tempted to give up; acting as a hero who constantly saves her mother from the tortures of Puritan society. However, Pearl also acts as a constant remaindered to her mother of her inescapable sin, and therefore can also be seen as a non-heroic character. Throughout the novel Pearl constantly defends her mother when people of their community are threatening her. When Hester and Pearl are attacked by a group of children, who try to fling mud at them Pearl becomes angry. She frightens the children off and she throws rocks at them.
Furthermore, for the Native Americans who come to watch the Election Day Pageant thinks it marks her as a person of importance and status. Hester Prynne is a powerful capable woman, she herself alters the meaning of the letter"A"from sinfulness and shameful ness into holiness, righteousness and ability through her continuos hardworking, charity and brave resistance. Pearl, Hester's daughter, is a symbol of all that Hester gave up when she committed adultery and gave up her place in Puritan Society. Additionally, Pearl is a symbol of struggle, resistance, rejection of restricted rules of Puritan Society. Hester lives in perpetual punishment because of Pearl,that is why she loves her so much.
I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty isn’t a color, disease ain’t the Negro side a town.” Her son is her main motivation to keep pressing on through life no matter what. But despite that setback, Aibileen manages to be sweet to little Mae Mobley. She gives the baby the love and affection that her mother won’t give her because she doesn’t feel she is pretty enough. Aibileen always makes sure to tell Mae Mobley that she is a very unique and special in her own way. She constantly tells Baby Girl to never forget “you is kind, you is smart, you is important.” But as the story comes to an end, her hate for whites begin to diminish.
In Alldredge’s criticism of Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying one of the prominent things she discusses and give a valid, and strong point on is Addie Bundren’s favoritism to her illegitimate son Jewel and how it made Darl become bitter and eventually undoes him. When Alldredge states that Addie’s “relationships, or lack of them, with [her]… family is essential to any understanding of the inner conflicts in her children” (Alldredge) this is especially true with Darl. She hardly paid attention to her other children besides Jewel and it really struck home with Darl. Darl is so bitter by his mother and Jewel’s relationship that he keeps him from her death bed and his excuse is that “[He] wants [Jewel] to help [him] load” (Faulkner 7.6-10) knowing full well that his mother would want Jewel there more than anything. Does Darl care?
I had to get away from T. Ray" (Kidd 41). Evidently, Lily has finally had enough of T. Ray and decides to leave him. This allows her to go on her true life journey and make decisions for herself. Another way Lily has grown is when she stands up strong and confident at her final confrontation with T. Ray than scared as usual when she told T. Ray, " ‘I'm staying here’...‘I'm not leaving’ " (296). Lily has been frightened from T. Ray her whole life and listened to every last one of his demands but finally does what she wants.
Wilde explores the subject of morality frequently within the play and the conflicting ideas surrounding the topic. Wilde particularly explores the idea of women ‘falling from grace’. This can be seen in the character of Mrs Arbuthnot. The character is quite obviously a good, strong woman who has taken her misfortunes in stride and not let them bring her down too much, as well as raising her son to also be a good person. Many people would argue that the blame for her misfortune should solely lay on Lord Illingworth, who, it is obvious to the audience, used her for his own pleasure and satisfaction, abusing her love and trust.
Hester could have just gave up Pearl because she felt all alone in life and like an outcast but she begged and pleaded because she felt that she had the right to keep her and she was going to defend the right to the death of her. Hester cries “god gave me my child, he gave her to me as compensation that you have taking from me Pearl punishes me to…” in chapter 8. Hester has a good heart and that she would take well care of Pearl. No other person could understand a childlike Pearl and doesn’t have that relationship between her and her
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!'"(109). In this quote, Pearl symbolizes that even with a horrid crime committed, that good can come out of it.
Since Pearl is born out of wedlock, which is caused by her mother’s affair, they are both indeed representatives of sin. This causes Pearl to refuge and bond with nature. To her, nature is her only home; a place where she is free from the malicious prejudices and ridicules of society. Nature offers Pearl hope, when she sees loved ones struggling with the truth; comfort, for when she feels the innate burdens that came with her birth; and growth, allowing her to become even more perceptive,