*******1.Mother,” said little Pearl, “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. . . . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!” “Nor ever will, my child, I hope,” said Hester.
“And why not, mother?” asked Pearl, stopping short. . . . “Will it not come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?” 1.This quote was from chapter 16. After the part where Pearl asked why Minster Dimmesdale always puts his hand to his chest. Pearl is somehow aware of things that the other town’s people cannot see or believe. Pearl after a brief analysis connects Hester’s Scarlet a to Dimmesdale chest pains. The other town’s people do not seem to make that connection even after Dimmesdales immense pain and sermons. Pearl says that the sunshine does not love you. This is very symbolic. In the novel sunshine is always almost used to describe happiness and hopefulness. By pearl saying that sunshine does not love you. The author is trying to show that happiness and hopefulness are not in Hester’s life. Pearl say’s that sunshine is afraid of something on her bosom. By saying that the author is trying to show that Hester scarlet letter is preventing her from attaining much needed real happiness in her life. pearl says the words “will not flee”. She is saying that the sunshine will not run away from Pearl. By having pearl say this the author is trying to show that pearl is pure and uncontaminated unlike her mother Hester. Pearl like most kids take pride in their parents and think that their parents represent all adults. This is shown by the author saying “nothing on my bosom yet”. By saying yet pearl is saying that she might one day also wear the letter. Pearl is innocent and does not know why her mother wears the letter all she knows is that she does. She thinks that as people age they will have to wear the letter sooner or later. Further clarifying this point is the question that Pear asks. By asking that question she is further suggesting that as a woman grows up she will sooner or later wear the Letter on her bosom, on a more deep level of analysis. The author Hawthorne is ridiculing Puritanism. By having Pearl ask that question and thinking that when you grow up you will wear a scarlet letter. Hawthorne is saying that the sin of adultery comes with aging and losing your innocence and that all people will commit the sin even the puritans who are so against it
********2.But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed, from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman. She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness. . . . The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers,—stern and wild ones,—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.
2.This quote was said in chapter 18. Hester has always been an outcast of society after she got her scarlet letter. Since she is always out casted she has been forced to think by herself and teach herself. Hester compares, shame, despair, solitude to be her teacher’s. Hester says this to show that her punishment has caused her many sorrows but has forced and taught her to think for herself and made her stronger. Hester says the words “stern and wild ones” to show that her punishment has taught her how to be stern and live on the wild side. Hester said that it had “taught her amiss”. This is very ironical. Hester’s punishment served the purpose of teaching Hester to act more like a woman in that time period should. It also served the purpose of teaching Hester not to sin and that sinning is bad. Hester instead becomes more stern and more wild. The results of the punishment, shame, Despair, Solitude have taught her to think even more radically and taught her not to repent...
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