Compare Hester’s scarlet letter and her daughter, Pearl.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 7:The Governor’s Hall
With which of these statements about Pearl would the narrator most likely agree?
She may seem impish and filled with mischief now, but good Puritan parents could fix that.
She is filled with fire and passion, both in her appearance and in her actions.
She should not live with Hester any longer, as she is filled with evil and demons.
She and Hester look just alike and it is clear that she is her mother’s daughter.
Compare Pearl and the scarlet letter. In what ways are they similar for Hester and in what ways are they different? Explain using evidence from the text.
What is Hawthorne’s attitude toward the Puritans of New England? How does he convey this attitude in this chapter?