The Scarlett Letter is a brilliant work that was first published in 1850 and is one of the most famous Hawthorne’s works. One of the most difficult and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Her character develops throughout the story. However, she's just as much a symbol as she is a character in her own right: she represents the price of sin and the possibility of redemption. Pearl is a difficult symbol of an act of love and passion, an act which was also adultery. Pearl is described three times: when she was a baby, at the age of three and at the age of seven.
God’s punishment for Hester was a very unique child who she named Pearl. Her daughter serves Hester as a reminder of her adultery and she wasn't able to leave her daughter as she did to society. Pearl is shown as intelligent, imaginative, inquisitive, determined, and even obstinate at times. Hester refused from everything for Pearl. Her reputation her community, and even her religion was ruined. Hester is embarrassed by her letter that she had to wear upon her chest.
Hester had a lot of problems with Pearl but she still believed that she was her treasure. Because there is a symbol in her name. Pearl is a reference to the Biblical Gospel of Matthew. Another evidence that she was Hester’s treasure is that she was the only important thing in her life left. Hester would almost surely have committed suicide if she hadn’t had a daughter. However, she found power in herself to continue to live for her daughter
Hester believes that a little bit strange Pearl’s behavior is connected with her birth and her sin. In addition, Pearl is a symbol of Hester’s sin and punishment. For instance, when she was a baby she wanted to reach the scarlet letter on Hester’s chest. Another symbol that is shown by the character of Pearl. When Hester would visit a town with her daughter, the other children would make fun of her and Pearl would yell back and throw dirt at them, So, in this case, Pearl symbolized the decimation of Hester’s social life and mental state.
Perhaps, Pearl stops being a symbol in this story after Dimmesdale finally acknowledges her. When she kisses her dying father, her tears become a pledge to "be a woman" in the world.
So the Scarlet Letter is a fantastic novel by one of the most outstanding American writers that brilliantly reveals may important and topical issues. Pearl in this novel is one of the brightest and deepest symbols of the whole story.
The Scarlett Letter is a brilliant work that was first published in 1850 and is one of the most famous Hawthorne’s works. One of the most difficult and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Her character develops throughout the story.