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When in Chapter Fifteen Pearl fashions her own A out of seaweed she is oblivious to its meaning however she knows that it is significant Pearl inquires as to what the letter means but Hester refuses to explain and will not elaborate on its symbolism Pearl has often been referred to as the living form of her mothers scarlet letter Pearls choice of live seaweed for the letter symbolizes her striving motivation to be like her mother and to be a living remembrance of Hesters sin The color green like her mothers red is meant to stand out in public and attract attention In the book as a direct result of Hester being ostracized by society both Hester and Pearl become secluded in their own home having little interaction with the public Pearl is primarily in her mothers company As an imaginative seven year old Pearl tries to emulate the most dominate figure in her life her mother She sees her mother as a role model Beginning in the crib Pearl has associated her mother with the scarlet A on her chest Later in Chapter Sixteen Pearl states that she expects to receive a scarlet A on her chest when she gets older The green color and material of her letter play an important role in the symbol that Pearl portrays In the puritan society of Pearls day the women typically wear dark somber clothes that are meant to blend in and not draw attention to their adornment Hester when charged to fashion the scarlet letter makes it out of beautiful thread chosen to stand out in a crowd and goes against the conservative beliefs of her people Pearl is trying to do the same thing by making the letter green and beautiful in the eyes of a seven year old The material that Pearl chooses for her A is also a symbol because as
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