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The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl the daughter of Hester Prynne Throughout the story Pearl develops into a prominent symbol of the A In this essay the example of symbolism Pearl comes to represent will be explained In the Scarlet Letter Hester for her sins received a scarlet letter A which she had to wear upon her chest for the rest of her life in Boston This was the Puritan way of punishing her for her then criminal action of adultery She wondered the streets to be given sour looks from all This eventually caused so much mental and physical anguish that she eventually questioned why she should live if it werent for her Pearl Pearl was a bundle of life sent from god to remind her of her wrong doing each and every moment and as a walking sermon to preach against sin for others Hesters wasted life the ultimate price that Hester paid for Pearl With Pearl Hesters life was almost never filled with joy but instead a constant reminder of the harsh word adultery Pearl would also make her own A to wear and sometimes she played games wither her mothers trying to hit it with rocks When Hester would go into the town with Pearl the other children would make fun of her and Pearl and would yell and throw dirt at them So in this case Pearl symbolized the decimation of Hesters life and mental state Although Hester had so much trouble with Pearl she still felt that Pearl was her ultimate treasure Pearl was really the only thing that Hester had in life Surely if Pearl wasnt in Hesters life Hester would have taken her own life Once and a while Pearl would bring joy to Hesters life and that helped her to bare the guilt lonesomeness and isolation that became
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