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Pearl is the symbolic character of the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Pearl is the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale the result of their secret sin As a result of the sin Pearls mother is forced to wear the letter A embroidered in scarlet upon her chest so all will know of her adultery Pearl is mainly described through other characters in the novel though Pearls actions also play an important part in determining her character Pearl like most people has to grow to realize that along with life comes death and with joy there is sorrow Pearls growth toward this realization is seen through her attitude toward her mother her fascination with the scarlet letter her attitude toward the towns children her actions towards Dimmesdale and her first encounter with death and sorrow Pearls mother was her only playmate since both were considered outcast she and her mother were extremely close Because Pearls mother was busy much of the time she was left alone a great deal Many town folk called her a wild and impish creature who may have been the offspring of a demon Her mother tried to teach her and take control but these efforts most often failed Meanwhile Pearl was growing up in her own little world away from the world of reality She therefore was not growing up among companions of her own age experiencing all of the feelings that go along with it Pearls fascination with the scarlet letter first began when she was a baby It had been her first point of interest When her mother bent over the cradle Pearls had reached up and grasped the letter upon her bosom When she grew older Pearl would pick flowers and throw them at her mothers bosom if she hit the letter she would dance up and down As Pearl grows so does her fascination with the letter While waiting for her mother one
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