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Nathaniel Hawthorne presented the child Pearl to the audience in his novel The Scarlet Letter as a living representation of the letter itself Hester Prynne was condemned to wear a crimson letter A on her chest for committing adultery while her husband was said to be lost at sea The child that she bore from that crime was the little Pearl Pearl is to be perceived as a living version of the letter itself Hawthorne first expresses this idea towards the beginning of the story when Pearl was dressed in a ruby tunic with gold embroidery along the edges of it He further exemplifies this idea with Pearls response to her mothers discarding of the A Pearl and the A are directly connected to each other as both represent what Hester loves and what torments her On the way to Governor Bellinghams mansion Hester Prynne dresses her daughter Pearl up for the occasion She adorns her in A crimson velvet tunic abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold-thread 93 Already Hawthorne is creating an association of Pearl and the A based on color alone Later in that same chapter Hawthorne states Pearl was the scarlet letter in another form the scarlet letter endowed with life 93 Here Hawthorne establishes a direct parallel between the two Since the A was to be worn at all times by Hester Prynne as a punishment for her crime it was the torture of her life Yet it also holds true that she committed that particular crime out of an act of love with the minister Arthur Dimmesdale Therefore the letter A represents what Hester both loves and hates in her life Pearl on the other hand is represented similarly because Hester both loves her and feels burdened by her and her actions Hawthorne clearly distinguishes the powerful connection between Pearl and the A early in the novel so that the audience may perceive them
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