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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 in Hester Prynne a powerful Heroine in Nathaniel Hawthornes novel The Scarlet Letter Her daughter Pearl born into a Puritan prison in more ways than one is an enigmatic character serving entirely as a vehicle for symbolism From her introduction as an infant on her mothers scaffold of shame to the stormy peak of the story Pearl is an empathetic and intelligent child Throughout the story she absorbs the hidden emotions of her mother and magnifies them for all to see Pearl is the essence of literary symbolism She is at times a vehicle for Hawthorne to express the inconsistent and translucent qualities of Hester and Dimmesdales unlawful bond and at others a forceful reminder of her mothers sin Pearl Prynne is her mothers most precious possession and her only reason to live but also serves as a priceless treasure purchased with her life Pearls strange beauty and deeply enigmatic qualities make her the most powerful symbol Hawthorne has ever created The product of Hesters sin and agony Pearl was a painfully constant reminder of her mothers violation of the Seventh Commandment Thou shalt not commit adultery Hester herself felt that Pearl was given to her not only as a blessing but a punishment worse than death or ignominy She is tormented by her daughters childish teasing and endless questioning about the scarlet letter and its relation to Minister Dimmesdale At the beach one day Hester leaves Pearl to dabble in the water while she goes to speak to her husband who is living under the alibi of Roger Chillingsworth Hester returns only to find that Pearl has created a letter A on her own breast out of seaweed She asks her mother But in good
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