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Pearl A product of Nature Pearl is one of the most interesting and mysterious characters of the novel The Scarlet Letter One tends to wonder why Pearl is the way she is Why does she act so strangely and so differently than all the other characters She acts this way because of a relationship she has with the force of Nature which Hawthorne personifies as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life Because of this trait Hesters sin causes Nature to accept Pearl Finally Pearls acceptance of Nature is what causes her to act the way she does First it is necessary to examine how nature is identified with sin against the Puritan way of life The first example of this is found in the first chapter regarding the rosebush at the prison door This rosebush is located on one side of the portal and rooted almost at the threshold36 of the prison The prison naturally is the place where people that have sinned against the puritan way of life remain Then Hawthorne suggests that the roses of the rose-bush might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him36 This clearly states that Nature is kind to prisoners and criminals that pass through the prison doors Hawthorne strengthens this point by suggesting two possible reasons for the rosebushs genesis The first is that it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness36 while the second reason is that there is fair authority for believing the rose-bush had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson36 By Hawthornes wording it appears as if he is emphasizing the second reason because he suggests there is fair authority Connecting the rosebush originating from Ann Hutchinson an
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