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Flowered Pearl When someone looks at a painting or reads a novel they often discover a deeper portent than what is openly displayed A hidden meaning can be found in many common objects In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne compares flowers to Pearl and all that is good He uses examples like a rose bush to symbolize moral value Wherever possible he depicts Pearl as a sweet and innocent child Pearl resembles a flower and often in her actions defends this notion Pearl acts with the flowers to show an element of grace left in a dismal world At the door to a prison the symbol of infamy stands a glimmer of hope On one side of the portal was a wild rosebush covered in this month of June with its delicate gems we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers and present it to the reader It may serve let us hope to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track46 In this way Hawthorne uses a flourishing rose bush to embody the righteousness remaining in the world He not lightly emphasizes the fragile beauty of its flowers A rose bush may appear dazzling but beneath its shell of untamed beauty lies the thorns of a dismal world Thus Hawthorne proves the value of such a flower as the jewels of a rose bush to symbolize the hope that blossoms in a bleak world While the flowers represent morality they also stand for Pearl Later on Pearl is fondly referred to as that little creature whose innocent life had sprung by the inscrutable decree of providence a lovely and immortal flower85 The general image this statement depicts is an uncorrupted pure child and then comparing her to a flower Throughout the rest of the book Pearl has a connection with flowers She often wears them and is incessantly toying with
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