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Character Analysis of Pearl

Character Analysis of Pearl

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In English class a month or two ago, I was required to research on the character traits of Hester Prynne's daughter, Pearl, in the novel "The Scarlet Letter". Since I've seen that others are being required to do the same, I decided to post this in order to help those who need it. ^_^
In English class a month or two ago, I was required to research on the character traits of Hester Prynne's daughter, Pearl, in the novel "The Scarlet Letter". Since I've seen that others are being required to do the same, I decided to post this in order to help those who need it. ^_^

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12/07/2012

 
The AmazingCharacter Analysisof Pearl
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By: Madysen Cheek 
 
The Scarlet Letter―a Gothic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne―is a story of forbidden love and consequences set in colonial Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1700’s. One of the town windows, Hester Prynne, is accused of the sin of adultery and she is made to walk abouther life with her sin pinned to her chest in the form of a scarlet A. Hester was in prison a while before this and it was there that she gave birth to a daughter named Pearl. As she becomes older,Pearl grows to be vicious, rather stubborn, and a living symbolization of the scarlet letter. All of these draw both Hester and Dimmesdale into a troubled state of mind.Pearl’s steadily growing violent behavior is one of the forces driving Hester to think of her as a demon-child. An example of her nature is displayed on streets when Pearl and Hester arewaking toward Governor Bellingham’s house. A group of children began taunting Hester but
 
although she remains calm, Pearl chases after the trouble-makers while screaming wildly. It’s anact of defense but even so, it is one of the first signs readers are given as an insight to her nature.A second occurrence takes place as Hester speaks with Chillingworth, when Pearl runs to playalong the beach. She entertains herself by bombarding seagulls with stones and lying jellyfish outin the sun to dry up. This is shown in the following quote:
 Perceiving a flock of beach-birds, that fed and fluttered along the shore, thenaughty child picked up her apron full of pebbles and, creeping from rock to rock after these small sea-fowl, displayed remarkable dexterity in pelting them.
(Hawthorne pg. 122)A final case in point of Pearl’s demeanor is evident in the way she treats her mother. While stillyoung, she one tossed flowers at her mother as a way to mock her, and she does so several moretimes throughout the novel by nagging and sometimes even ridiculing Hester. Pearl is amischievous, violent child that worries her mother and troubles her, fueling her guilt.Pearl is also stubborn, something that causes the townspeople to regard her as a strangechild. Her adamancy is most displayed toward other people, such as Governor Bellingham. InChapter VIII, the governor attempts to reach out to Pearl but the child runs away from him, jumping on the top step to escape. No one is surprised at this though, because it is quite commonfor a girl her age to act in this manner. Later on in life when she is seven years old, however,Pearl displays the same sort of unwillingness to be close to anyone other than her mother. WhenHester asks her to come and meet Mr. Dimmesdale, the child refuses and asks questionsconcerning his hand over his heart and the worth of his love for them. It is by force that Hester manages to bring Pearl over. As a last example, the scene before this must be referred to. Pearl is playing by the brook when Hester first tells her to come and speak to Reverend Dimmesdale andthis is shortly after Hester has thrown her scarlet letter to the side. Having never seen her mother 

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