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Shes Worth More Than a Diamond Pearls have always held a great price to mankind but no pearl had ever been earned at as high a cost to a person as Hester Prynne a powerful heroine in Nathaniel Hawthornes novel The Scarlet Letter Pearl born into a Puritan prison in more ways than one is a mysterious character serving entirely as a vehicle for symbolism From her introduction as an infant on her mothers scaffold of shame to the peak of the story Pearl is a caring and intelligent child Throughout the story she finds the hidden emotions of her mother and magnifies them for all to see Pearl is the heart of literary symbolism She is at times a device for Hawthorne to express the inconsistent and blurry qualities of Hester and Dimmesdales illegal bond at times and at others a forceful reminder of her mothers sin Pearl is her mothers most precious possession and her only reason to live but she also serves as a priceless treasure purchased with her life The product of Hesters sin and suffering Pearl was a painfully constant reminder of her mothers sin Hester herself felt that Pearl was given to her not only as a blessing but a punishment worse than death or public humiliation She is tormented by her daughters childish and constant teasing and endless questioning about the scarlet letter and its relation to Minister Dimmesdale After Pearl has created a letter A on her own breast out of seaweed she asks her mother But in good earnest now mother dear what does this scarlet letter mean -And why dost thou wear it on thy bosomHawthorne 123 and why does the minister keep his hand over his heartHawthorne 123 In saying this Pearl implies that she knows plenty more about the scarlet letter than she displays Throughout the conversation Pearl is playful and teasing saying one thing and contradicting it soon after She
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