Pearl - Scarlet Letter Analysis

Simran Bimrah
English Honors
Period 2
December 21, 2009
Pearl, the Ultimate Test
In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pearl brings out the most raw and realistic characteristics of each individual. Her ability to do this comes from her connection to the natural world which constantly surrounds her. She is a supernatural being and her actions suggest that she is a higher force or ultimatum. Pearl’s perceptiveness to others from a young age allows her to analyze each person around her. These qualities allow Pearl to represent a test of nature. Also, Pearl’s rejection and eventual acceptance of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale with her mother allows for further interpretation of his intentions towards Hester. Pearl is the ultimate representation of the final test of Hester and Dimmesdale’s morals and confronts their natural instincts to conform to their own rules.
Pearl has a constant connection to the natural world makes her a “more than human” character. Even her name, Pearl, is a precious gem that occurs only in nature. When in the forest while Hester is meeting with Dimmesdale, several animals approach her, including a wolf and squirrel. They seem to have a calming effect on Pearl and put her in a state of tranquility. Pearl is most definitely more at home in the forest and is even described as a “nymph-child” (Hawthorne 201). In Pearl’s case, “mother-forest, and these wild things which it nourished, all recognized a kindred wildness in the human child” (Hawthorne 201). Even the flowers appear to whisper “Adorn thyself with me, thou beautiful child” (Hawthorne 201). The sunlight dances with Pearl and shows how nature not only surrounds her, but composes her. Although nature is beautiful, it is highly judgmental. Pearl is similarly this way and creates a higher authority created by Hester and Dimmesdale and now she is present as to test the limits of their natural love towards each other
Pearl has always had the ability to analyze...