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The Scarlet Letter Essay In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Pearl Prynne one of the main characters does not live up to the expectations of the Puritan Ethic The Puritan Ethic is based on being a hard laborer worshiping God and praying the rest of the time Pearl the devil-child does not do any of this Instead she runs around in the forest playing with her sticks and laughing at everything and having fun By the expectations of the Puritan Ethic she is considered evil and satanic She is also the product of a sin she dresses in a way Puritans would not she is isolated in the wilderness and her voice even sounds evil to the Puritans It seems normal for us today but during the Puritan times her evil ways caused her many problems Pearl is considered automatically evil because she was the product of a sin and since her mother is sinful so is she In fact both her parents are sinners because they did a non-puritan thing The following quote gives an example of how it is inevitable for her being already sinful without even doing anything yet poor little Pearl was a demon offspring pg 95 Her mother is now even described as a demon This shows how Puritans saw Pearl as being devil-like because she was the product of a sin The people of the Puritan settlement tried to stay away from Pearl and keep their children away as well because they were thought she would bring them evil This quote proves this point An imp of evil emblem and product of sin she had no right among christened infants pg 90 The quote explains that because of her being the product of a sin Pearl cannot even be around the other children of the town Pearls mother also dressed her in very bright and colorful clothes which Puritans would never do Puritans are supposed to dress in
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