Pearl’s Contribution to the Scarlet Letter
main character, and her contribution in making the novel a romantic one.
Hawthorne uses three types of romantic topics relating to Pearl. Stereotypical
characters, supernaturalness of characters, and the imaginary aspect of
develop Pearl’s character. Over the course of the novel Hawthorne uses all of
the aspects of romantic language to unfold the life of Pearl and how she acts
having these qualities.
“victim of Hester’s sin”, adultery, because as she walks through town with her
mother the other kids shout and curse at her. Pearl takes it in stride and
sinner. Another common stereotype filled by Pearl is whenever an adult is
brook while the two adults talked and then she stopped when her mother
called. A second example is when Pearl accompanied her mother to the
Dimmesdale where in the woods and decided to flee Boston and travel to
bosom. Pearl’s quality of being stereotypical, compared to all children and
characters in general, is highly unlikely and only adds to the amount of
romanticism in the novel.
The supernatural aspect of Pearl makes her out to be what many of us
would call monsters or beings from fairy-tales. Pearl is considered by the
denizens of Boston to be a “devil-child” and not belonging in such a society.
She is also referred to as an “imp” as well as being “elf-like” and that she
would be void of “human joy and sorrow”. Although she may have been
appearance makes this one of the most interesting aspects of romantic
language in novels.
Children are known for the things they do, but it is taken for granted
that all children are like this, but not Pearl because of the imaginary
characteristics that Hawthorne gives her. First of all, at a very young age,
Pearl became interested in the true meaning of her mother’s scarlet letter.
Small children do not usually become interested in complicated topics such as
adultery, and Pearl became more persistent when her mother tried to ignore
her repeated attempts to find the meaning. Pearl also became interested in
that he was her father, and she kept questioning him on whether or not he
afternoon. Most children do not show affection so openly to other people, like
Pearl did. Finally at the end of the novel, when Dimmesdale was dying, Pearl
bent over and placed a kiss upon his forehead, out of the kindness of her heart.
locked their loving feelings inside and who have been referred to as monsters.
These examples of how Pearl was portrayed as being imaginary, give
character to Pearl and make her a well rounded person in the novel as well as
to give meaning to why Hawthorne put her in the novel.
Pearl is the character who makes this novel a romance and Hawthorne ,
Hester, because of her romantic qualities. He wanted her to be different from
all the other children, but still have the qualities of a normal child. I think
Hawthorne wanted her to be a bridge of emotions for Hester, for when Hester
thought that life could no longer go on, Pearl would step in and cheer her up.
Hawthorne’s well developed characters, especially Pearl, made the novel one
that was interesting to read as well as discuss.