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The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex symbols in the book is Pearl the daughter of Hester Prynne Pearl throughout the story develops into a symbol and one that is always changing In the following essay I will explore the symbolism Pearl came to represent throughout the book In The Scarlet Letter Hester for her sins received a scarlet letter A which she had to wear upon her chest This was the Puritan way of treating her as a criminal for adultery As Hester would walk through the streets she would be looked down upon as if she were some sort of demon from Hell that committed a terrible crime This would give her much anguish and grief On the other hand Gods treatment of Hester for her sin was quite different he gave Hester the punishment of a child which she named Pearl This punishment handed down from God was a constant reminder to Hester of what she had done wrong and she could not escape it In this Pearl symbolized Gods way of punishing Hester for adultery The way Hesters life was ruined for so long was the ultimate price that Hester paid for Pearl With Pearl Hesters life was one almost never filled with joy but instead a constant nagging Pearl would harass her mother over the A which she wore Pearl would also make her own A to wear When Hester would go into the town with Pearl the other children would make fun of her and Pearl would yell at them So in this case Pearl symbolized the decimation of Hesters life Although Hester had so much trouble with Pearl she still felt that Pearl was her treasure Pearl was really the only thing that Hester had in life and if Pearl wasnt in Hesters life Hester would almost surely have committed suicide Once and a while Pearl would bring joy to Hesters
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