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What role does Pearl play in The Scarlet Letter?

In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne portrays one of the most enigmatic child figures in American literature. Although she is an illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl plays an important role more as a dynamic force of moral guardian than a static symbol of sin in the plot.

How does Pearl feel about the scarlet letter?

In general, children in The Scarlet Letter are portrayed as more perceptive and more honest than adults, and Pearl is the most perceptive of them all. Pearl makes us constantly aware of her mother’s scarlet letter and of the society that produced it.

How does Hester describe Pearl?

Hester described Pearl as “a doubtful charm, imparting a hard metallic luster to the child’s character” (Hawthorne 168). Pearl has a wild energy in her nature to fight against sorrow. Even though Pearl’s abnormal behavior sometimes afflicts Hester, she supports Hester’s spirit and keeps her from danger.

Why does Pearl act the way she?

Because Pearl is the “living A,” the embodiment of her parents’ sin, she cannot be normal and “pure” like the other children in Boston. Thus, throughout the book she acts as a devilish child. She does not fit in with other children; she is, instead, an outsider like her mother.

Why did Pearl cry for the rose?

While waiting to meet with the Governor Hester draws Pearls attention to the garden outside where Pearl spots a rosebush and starting to cry because she wants a rose. Having been denied it Pearl throws a tantrum and stops when the Governor walks in.

Why is Pearl obsessed with the scarlet letter?

Pearl is the result of Hester’s adultery; therefore she has a strong connection with the scarlet letter. As a young girl, Pearl had always had a fascination and obsession with her mother’s scarlet letter. Hester dresses Pearl in red so she can represent her scarlet letter.

How is Pearl dressed and what is her dress compared to?

How is Pearl dressed, and what is her dress compared to? Pearl is wearing a scarlet dress with gold embroidery. She is compared to the living version of the scarlet letter.

How has Hester dressed Pearl What does she resemble?

Hester dresses her daughter in “a crimson velvet tunic of a peculiar cut, abundantly embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread.” Pearl and the embroidered letter are both beautiful in a rich, sensuous way that stands in contrast to the stiffness of Puritan society.

How does Pearl react when Dimmesdale kisses her on the forehead?

How does Pearl react? Her forehead. She washed the kiss off.

Why did Hester put the scarlet letter back on?

Hester puts the scarlet letter back on because it is an important part of her identity, and it allows her to be defiant and help other women, yet it was Hawthorne’s design for her to come back because she is best able to embody these ideals by sacrificing her freedom from the scarlet letter.

What does Pearl do after Dimmesdale kisses her?

Pearl runs back to the brook and washes the kiss off. She either doesn’t want Dimmesdale’s love, or doesn’t like him, or she is unable to receive love from anyone but her mother. Dimmesdale tells Chillingworth that he no longer needs his help or his medicine.

How does Pearl react to Dimmesdale?

When Hester and Dimmesdale meet in the forest, she impulsively takes off the letter and throws it away. When Pearl sees her mother without the letter, she reacts by screaming and crying until Hester puts the letter back on.