Essay On The Role Of Children In The Scarlet Letter

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Children play a variety of roles in this novel, The Scarlet Letter. Pearl is both a blessing and a curse to Hester, and she seems at times to serve as Hester's conscience. The town children, however, are cruel and brutally honest about their opinion of Hester and Pearl. Children are presented as more perceptive and more honest than adults, due to the fact that the children are more innocent and have not yet experienced life. An adult expresses his or her feeling in secret, on the other hand, a child says what is on his or her mind, because of the lack of knowledge and experience. Adults can differentiate between what is right and what is wrong, however, children are uncognizant of what is right and what is not, so they say what is on their minds. Because of his or her mindset, a child says what is on his/her mind, with the fact that it is true. Most children are taught to tell the truth about any and everything, and not to lie under any circumstances. So if a child is in a situation where he or she has to tell "what happened", it would be the truth, with what has been taught…show more content…
Things the kids from the novel, The Scarlet Letter, were too young to know what they were saying even meant. The town children had no clue what they were saying, but the fact that it came from an adult's mouth made it acceptable. With adults expressing their feelings and what is on their minds, in private by themselves or with someone else, allows the kids to soak that information in their minds. At a young age, dealing with kids, it is a simple game of "monkey see, monkey do". And when it is the adults the children are mimicking, it is considered to be okay. Also at a young age, children are taught to respect their elders, so, from their perspectives, what the elders are doing is alright. Children differ from adults in their potential for expressing the perceptions by, as already stated, saying what is on their
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