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In Nathanial Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter the sin of adultery committed by Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne is seen by society to be very wrong Placing great punishment on Hester Prynne causing her to wear a scarlet letter A representing adultery Arthur Dimmesdale receiving only the punishment of his own guilt for he could not reveal he was the other accompanied in the sin Unlike society nature was a place that paid no attention to sin in fact it was a place of sin itself Pearl the black man and Roger bringing sin into the town from the forest are example to the sin in the forest which symbolizes nature In The Scarlet Letter Pearl is connected to nature At one point in the book Pearl throws pebbles and one of them hits a gray bird and it fluttered away with a broken wing 160 Then it is said It grieved her to have done harm to a little being that was as wild as the sea breeze or as wild as Pearl herself 160 This quotation is saying that Pearl is like a wild bird in nature Another quotation which shows Pearl as being a nature child is Pearl set forth at a great pace and as Hester smiled to perceive did actually catch the sunshine and stood smiling in the midst of it 166 Then later in the book Pearl took some eelgrass and imitated as best she could on her own bosom the decoration with which she was familiar on her mothers A letter the letter Abut freshly green instead of scarlet 160 By Pearl doing this not only is her connection with nature seen but also seen is Pearls connection to sin By putting the scarlet letter A of eelgrass on it is like she is putting the symbol of nature as well as symbol of sin onto herself By Pearl being the embodiment of Hester and Arthurs sin
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