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S: Scarlet Letter: Pearl

FC: Scarlet Letter: Pearl | By: Andi Tillman, Hallea Ross, Sharell Steverson, and Heidi Hall

1: Pearl is a living version of her mother's scarlet letter both physical consequence of sexual sin and transgression. | Pearl Symbolism | "The scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million fold the power of retribution. (Hawthorne 64)"

2: Pearl and her Toys | "The unlikeliness materials, a stick, a bunch of rags, a flower, were the puppets of Pearl's witchcraft...(Hawthorne chapter 6) | Since Pearl was shunned by the puritan community the other kids wouldn't play with her, this forced her to make her own friends and use her imagination by making her own friends with her environment. This caused the townspeople to think she was using witchcraft.

3: Pearl and Dimmesdale | "She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light"...."the sin born infant in her arms. This gives an introduction to Pearl and how she cam to be involved in the story of the Scarlet Letter. She is the reason people found out about Hester's infidelity. | "Pearl kissed his lips. A spell was broken. The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a party, had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father's cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor forever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it. Towards her mother...(Hawthorne 233)" | After Dimmsedale is revealed as the father of Pearl, she then becomes truly "human". She is no longer a mysterious soul that the town shuns. she is seen now as an actual person who can live in the world.

4: "one of those naughty elf's or fairies or..a little bird of scarlet plumage." | " | This quote is a reminder of an unsolved mystery that is pearl. No one can really figure out who or what Pearl really is. | Pearl's Personality

5: Pearl's Character | "...the infant was worthy to have been brought forth from Eden." "Pearl was born an outcast child of the infantile world." "An imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants." "... sticks, a bunch of rags, a flower-were the puppets of Pearls witchcraft." | The first quote is a sample of how perfect Pearl is she is so great she is thought to be the daughter of Eve herself. Her beauty is astounding all throughout her life from childhood to adulthood. The last two explain how her life was lonely without playmates and how she used the surrounding items she found by her house to be her friends

6: Pearl at the Governor's House | "What little bird of scarlet plumage may this be? Methinks I have seen just such figures, when the sun has been shining through a richly painted window, and tracing out the golden and crimson images across the floor..." Mr Wilson, Scarlet Letter pg 98. | In this quote by Mr. Wilson, we see Pearl portrayed as a stain glass window because of her richly colored tunic.

7: Forrest Scene | " Here is a friend of mine, who must be thy friend also. Thou wilt have twice as much love, henceforward, as thy mother alone could give thee! Leap across the brook and come to us. Thou canst leap like a young deer!" | Here Hester is telling Pearl that her father is accepting her and that he wants to love her as her mother loves her.

8: rich at end | ''And so Pearl—the elf-child, the offspring of demons, as some people had continued to think of her up to that point—became the richest heiress in the New World." | In this quote by the Narrator, Dimmesdale left all of his earnings and properties to his daughter Pearl, now she is the richest heiress in the New World.

9: FIN!

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