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Ambiguity and The Scarlet Letter go better together than two people that have beenhappily married for 75 years There is no exemption in Hawthornes exquisite symbolismof one of his main characters Pearl The Scarlet Letter A worn by Hester Prynne was apunishment for the immoral sin of adultery she had committed Following Hesters act ofadultery she became pregnant with a baby girl whom she named Pearl From the firstmoment that we are introduced to Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthornes novel The ScarletLetter we get the sense that there is something strange and unnatural about her Pearlacts very differently than the other people in Boston in that she seems to be much morevibrant than the others We see this displayed in various different forms like her dress hermood swings her sometimes mischievous behavior and her constant livelinessThroughout the novel Pearl is used by Hawthorne to symbolize many different elementsand the ambiguity come together for one significant meaningA critic of Hawthorne states when depth and ambiguity are much admired inwriting Hawthorne has continued to offer enough complexity and mystery to hold a widevariety of readersDavidson 361 Pearl was not accepted by virtually anyone herunavoidable seclusion was due to the sin of her mother Pearl was always differentsomehow Throughout all of this Pearl is labeled with many symbols that are meaningfulin understanding Hawthornes novel and they will be explained in the precedingFor one Pearl is the living embodiment of the scarlet letter She is the result fromHesters and Dimmesdales sins Pearl plays one of the most crucial roles in The ScarletLetter Hawthorne uses Pearl as a dynamic character she is a constant reminder to Hesterof her sin When we were first introduced to Pearl she was immediately drawn to theScarlet A on Hesters bosom But the first object of which Pearl seemed to becomeaware was the scarlet letter on Hesters bosom One day as her mother stooped over thecradle the infants eyes had been caught by the glimmering of
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