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One of the most complex and elaborate characters in The Scarlet Letter is Pearl the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale Pearl throughout the story develops into a dynamic individual as well as an extremely important symbol Pearl is shunned because of her mothers sin and is also a living representation of the scarlet letter - acting as a constant reminder of Hesters sin Hawthorne uses vivid descriptions to characterize Pearl She is first described as the infant whose innocent life had sprung by the inscrutable decree of Providence a lovely and immortal flower out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion From the beginning of her life she is viewed as the product of a sin as a punishment Physically Pearl has a beauty that became every day more brilliant and the intelligence that threw its quivering sunshine over the tiny features of this child Pearl is ravishing with beauty that shone with deep and vivid tints a bright complexion eyes possessing intensity both of depth and glow and hair already of a deep glossy brown and which in after years would be nearly akin to black Combining with her extreme beauty are the lavish dresses that she wears The exquisite dresses and her beauty cause her to be viewed as even stranger from the other typical Puritan children whom are dressed in traditional clothing As a result she is accepted by nature and animals and ostracized by the other Puritan children Pearl was a born outcast of the infantile world the whole peculiarity in short of her position in respect to other children Pearl was not accepted by the children her unavoidable seclusion was due to the sin of her mother On the rare occasion that the children would show interest in Pearl she would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath snatching up stones to fling at them The members of the Puritan society view Pearl as a weird strange
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