11 The Scarlet Letter Essay Pearl

11 The Scarlet Letter Essay Pearl - Inherited Sin Sin is...

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Inherited Sin Sin is believed to be inherited. Many think that if they do something wrong in their lives their family will pay for it. This happened with the Salem Witch trials. If someone were to be labeled a witch, then their daughters and other family members would be considered witches too. This happens to Pearl’s character in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Pearl is considered evil because of what Hester has done. The people of Boston look at Pearl as an outsider and not as a normal child. Pearl’s life is affected by the sins of her mother. People tend to be effected by what others do. If someone close to them commits a crime they are looked at by society as a criminal also. It is like being guilty by association. This happens to Pearl. After Hester has the affair with Dimmesdale and has Pearl people shun both Hester and Pearl. The people of Boston don’t care that Pearl is just a baby and has not done a thing wrong they still believe that she is a thing of evil. Pearl came out of a sin, yet she should not be punished for that. People look down upon Pearl and never give her a chance. “All this enmity and passion had Pearl inherited, by inalienable right, out of Hester’s heart” (Hawthorne 65). Pearl inherited the hatred and cruelty to herself and her mother from the people of Boston. Pearl lives a secluded
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LIT 101 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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