Symbols And Symbolism Pearl As Living Symbol In The Scarlet Letter

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Pearl as Living Symbol in The Scarlet Letter

 
    Pearl.  A child born of sin.  Conceived by lust.  Created by

impurity.

 

        As the result of her parents fall from grace, she represents the

sinfulness of their act, and is a continual tool for the recollection of

their dubious deed.  Sent, was she, from the Almighty God as a gift, and a

burden of the heart.

 

        "'God gave me the child?' cried she.  'He gave her in requital of

all things else, which ye had taken from me.  She is my happiness!- she is

my torture, none the less!  See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only

capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million ...view middle of the document...

  In giving her

existence, a great law had been broken, and the result was a being whose

elements where perhaps beautiful and brilliant, but all in disorder."...

"Above all, the warfare of Hester's spirit, at that epoch, was perpetuated

in Pearl.  She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the

flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom

and despondency that had brooded in her heart.  They were now illuminated

by the morning radiance of a young child's disposition, but later in the

day of earthly existence, might be prolific of the storm and

whirlwind."(87-88).

 

       Due to her child's elfish antics, Hester often ponders on the

thought of Pearl being something of the supernatural.  Could it be that

because the terms of  conception were so corrupted that the child born

there of has the personality or soul of an impish creature?

 

        "'Child, what art thou?' cried the mother.

 

        "'O, I am your little Pearl!' answered the child.

 

        But while she said it, Pearl laughed, and began to dance up and

down, with the humorsome gesticulation of a little imp whose next freak

might be to fly up the chimney.

 

       ...

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