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Ivan Ivanov Mr. Pearson AP Lang & Comp. 7 Scarlet Letter (Pearl) Pearl, the illegitimate daughter of Hester and Dimmesdale, is a semblance of perfection. Hawthorne describes her without “physical defect” and a bearer of “native grace,” portraying her as a faultless beauty (80). He depicts her as an “elfish child” of nature, suggestive of her purity (137). Pearl also holds a “preternatural quality”. Hawthorne hints at this omniscience when she notices that the “Black Man…hath got hold of the minister,” suggesting that Pearl somehow recognizes the sin in
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Unformatted text preview: Dimmesdale (118). This preternatural sense is also evident when she asks her mother about Dimmesdale’s habit. She seems to connect Hester’s scarlet letter, positioned on her chest, to Dimmesdale touching his chest in a similar spot, and infers that there “the Black Man set his mark” (163). These aspects of Pearl’s character demonstrate the pristine, natural portrayal of the child. Even her name Pearl evokes the image of a “treasure” (80)....
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