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In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne there are many characters that suffer from the tolls of sin but none as horribly as Hesters daughter Pearl She alone suffers from sin that is not her own but rather that of her mother She is always considered as an outcast because she is the product of adultery From the day she is conceived Pearl is portrayed as an offspring of evil She is brought into the pitiless domain of the Puritan religion from inside a jail The Puritan ways punish Hester through banishment from the community and the church simultaneously punishing Pearl in the process This isolation leads to a detachment and hatred between her and the other Puritan children Hester feels guilty because she truly believes in her heart that it is her sin causing Pearl to become aware of the harsh realities of the world Pearl responds to this harshness by defending her mother sticking up for Hester against the Puritan children when they start to hurl mud at her Pearls lack of friends forces her to imagine the forest as her plaything However she is clearly upset about her exclusion from the people of the town whom she views as enemies Pearl is thought of being an evil child with demon like qualities yet she is spirited and very loving towards her mother Hester Prynn constantly questions Pearls existence and purpose asking God what is this being which I have brought into the world 97 or inquiring to Pearl Child what art thou 99 Hester sees Pearl as a reminder of her sin especially since as an infant Pearl is acutely aware of the scarlet letter A on her mothers chest While still in her crib Pearl reaches up and graspes the letter Hester feels guilty whenever she sees Pearl With this Hester forces the child to become detached from society Pearl becomes no more than a manifestation based entirely upon Hesters and
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