However, we can point towards the allegorical significance of this text by refering to the treatment of sin, knowledge and what it is I am not entirely sure that we can correctly describe this rich and complex tale as an allegory, as really allegories are much simpler tales where the writer makes one point by having each character and event correspond with something else outside of the literal meaning that fits his or her purpose. However, we can point towards the allegorical significance of this text by refering to the treatment of sin, knowledge and what it is to be human, which is of course a massive theme in this novel.
A preternatural creature that is given to mischievous, capricious acts, an elf is a fitting description for Pearl"the scarlet letter endowed with life. Many times, too, there is a bewilderment in Hester and a "baffling spell" between mother and child as the capricious Pearl scowls and clenches her fist in anger, then just as quickly she laughs.
Because of her unique nature, the Puritan children disparage Pearl with epithets, but Pearl retaliates in "a fierce temper," and a show of "the evil that existed in her" to Hester. At the same time, when Hester cries out in agony at this recognition of her sinfulness which elicits prayers from her mouth, the elfish Pearl then smiles and resumes her childish games.
Moreover, Pearl is clearly sprite-like in her reactions to Hester's scarlet letter. With a "freakish, elvish" look on her face, Pearl seems to mock her mother in Chapter III when she gathers flowers and then pelts them at Hester's letter.
In Chapter VIII when Hester and Pearl come to the mansion of Governor BellinghamPearl refuses to behave and again mocks her mother's sin as she points to the reflection of the scarlet letter in the gleaming armor of the governor, That look of naughty merriment was likewise reflected in the mirror When questioned by the Reverend Mr.
Wilson on who made her, Pearl refuses to recite her catechism and impetuously replies that she was plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grow by the prison door.
Further, in Chapter XV, Pearl mimics her mother by placing seaweed in the shape of an A on her own breast; then, questioning her mother repeatedly about the meaning of the scarlet letter, Pearl forces Hester to deny the significance of the letter.
But, this letter is obviously meaningful to Pearl, who tells her mother that the sunshine does not like her because it is afraid of something on her bosom. And, in Chapter XIX, it is the "sprite" Pearl who prevents her mother from trying to escape her shame. For, Pearl screams in a fit of passion until Hester restores the cast off letter upon her bosom.
The embodiment of Hester's conscience, Pearl represents the conflicts within. As the elf-like child, Pearl evokes both the evil and the good with caprice, a living conscience.
And, it is not until Chapter XXIII when Reverend Dimmesdale acknowledges her as his daughter that Pearl truly becomes fully human since her "errand as a messenger of anguish was all fulfilled.Nathaniel Hawthorne makes several allusions to the Bible story of Adam and Eve in The Scarlet Letter.
In the Bible, God created Adam and Eve and provided them with a place to live in the Garden of. We can argue that the story of Hester and Dimmesdale can be compared to that of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden because of their sin and gained knowledge.
The Scarlet Letter A: In the beginning of the novel Hester's letter A is a representation of her sin and adultery.
However, as time progresses, the meaning of the letter changed. However, as time progresses, the meaning of the letter changed.
The scarlet letter had one basic meaning, "adultery," but to the characters of Hester and Dimmesdale it was a constant reminder of the sin; and to Pearl it was a symbol of curiosity.
Obviously, the scarlet letter had the largest impact on Hester, it was a constant reminder of the sin she committed. The "A" she must wear on her bosom.
Mar 03, · The Setting’s Effect on The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter takes place in the mid-seventeenth century in Boston, Massachusetts, Hester Prynne, who has eternal sin, could then be compared to Adam and Eve because they were the first to commit adultery.
The Scarlet Letter explores sin, evil, and salvation in a Puritan community setting and how their definition can be limiting. Yet as Hester, in raising Pearl and spending time to herself in nature.