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The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl the daughter of Hester Prynne Pearl throughout the story develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing In the following essay I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel In The Scarlet Letter Hester for her sins received a scarlet letter A which she had to wear upon her chest This was the Puritan way of treating her as a criminal for the crime of adultery The Puritan treatment continued because as Hester would walk through the streets she would be looked down upon as if she were some sort of demon from Hell that committed a terrible crime This would give her much mental anguish and grief On the other hand Gods treatment of Hester for her sin was quite different than just a physical token he gave Hester the punishment of a very unique child which she named Pearl This punishment handed down from God was a constant mental and physical reminder to Hester of what she had done wrong and she could not escape it In this aspect Pearl symbolized Gods way of punishing Hester for adultery The way Hesters life was ruined for so long was the ultimate price that Hester paid for Pearl With Pearl Hesters life was one almost never filled with joy but instead a constant nagging Pearl would harass her mother over the scarlet A which she wore Pearl would also
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