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Pearl in the Scarlet Letter What is the greatest sin that can be committed by a human being Is it murder robbery or something else There is no exact answer to this question it depends on ones own view of sin In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne a woman by the name of Hester Prynne is condemned for committing a sin which is adultery The townspeople who are Puritans consider adultery a terrible crime that is worthy of prosecution However Hester does not receive the death penalty because they were sympathetic towards her They summoned her only to stand on a public scaffold for three hours and to wear the letter A for the rest of her life But this is not the only mark that she has to wear She gave birth to a child which is the product of her sin This child will serve as Hesters other mark of her sin Hawthorne endorses this child with some important symbols and in these symbols he conveys deeper and more complex meanings Pearl as the child is named is utilized by Hawthorne as a treasure a symbol of Hesters sin and as a representation of Gods punishment and mercy Pearl is perceived as a treasure of the rarest and most precious kind Pearl as being of great price purchased with all she had her mothers only treasure Pg 82 Hester paid a great price for Pearl the price of isolation humility and guilt The townspeople would not have acknowledged Hesters sin if she did not become pregnant with Pearl Hester is seen as a outcast among the townspeople and Pearl is now Hesters only companion her only reason to live her only treasure There is nothing in this world that Hester deems as more important than her child For this child is the bond that binds her life together without Pearl she has no one left to love and no one
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