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What is one mans poisonis anothers meat or drink Beaumont and Fletcher wrote in one of their plays Almost everything in the world is interpretable in at least two conflicting ways In The Scarlet Letter the Puritan society shuns a character named Pearl yet the author who lived in the Romantic period views her with awe and reverence Nathaniel Hawthornes use of nature imagery in The Scarlet Letter reflects Pearls wild capricious character that serves as a constant reminder of Hesters sin and whose romantically idealistic beauty frightens the Puritan society In Hawthornes descriptions of Pearl as an infant and toddler nature imagery emphasizes Pearls startling beauty and unpredictable yet innocent character Pearls beauty and innocence are apparent from the time of her birth Hawthorne describes Pearls innocent life as a lovely and immortal flowerHawthorne 81 Even though Pearl is a product of the guilty passion81 between Hester and Dimmesdale both her soul and her body are untainted and flawless Hester notices that Pearl has no physical defects but Pearls character has an unexplainable aspect of oddity and unpredictability When she plays near Hesters cottage Pearl smites down and uproots most unmercifully the ugliest weeds87 which she pretends are the Puritan children Hester believes that Pearl is so emotional and temperamental because the passion which Hester and Dimmesdale experienced during their sinful act somehow transferred into Pearls soul However Pearls antipathy for the Puritans is justified the children often torment her for no good reason When Hester and Pearl go into town the Puritan children stop playing and either surround Pearl and stare at her or prepare to hurl mud at the unfortunate pair Both actions by the Puritans result in a fit of outrage by Pearl One reason that the Puritans treat Pearl badly is because of her mothers sin The Puritans believe that since Pearl is the product of adultery she is automatically evil and depraved The Puritan hatred
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