Analyze and explain Pearl’s role as a symbol in the novel.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 6: Pearl
What does the phrase, “the warfare of Hester’s spirit at that epoch was perpetuated in Pearl” (p. 25), suggest that Hester believes about her daughter?
that Pearl’s capricious spirit was caused by Hester’s inner conflict during pregnancy
that Pearl is possessed by the devil because she was conceived in sin
that Pearl is a symbol of God’s compassion and forgiveness for the sins of humanity
that Pearl’s radiance and beauty will ultimately cause the people of Boston to accept her
Is Pearl a symbol of sin or a symbol of redemption? Hester seems to have some doubt about this! What do you think the author intends for Pearl to symbolize? Why? Use evidence from the chapter to support your answer.