Throughout the story, Pearl is depicted as pure, evil, one with nature, non-relaxing and peaceful. The colors “walls of white,” “relaxing evening rain,” “earthen shaded granite,” and “India black tea” help relate the characteristics of Pearl and her changes throughout the story.
Walls of White
The color “walls of white” describe Pearl’s name and what she has to live up to. Hester names her child Pearl. “But she named the infant ‘Pearl,’ as being of great price, - purchased with all she had, - her mother’s only treasure!” (138). Hester wants to name her baby this because Pearl came at a large price for Hester to pay. Since Hester’s sin had produced a child, Hester will forever be paying for her consequences. A pearl is a very rare, pure item. It is white and beautiful. Hester’s Pearl now has to become pure and beautiful, just like her name. “Not seldom, she would laugh anew, and louder than before, like a thing incapable an unintelligent of human sorrow” (144). Pearl is such a pure and innocent child. She does not quite understand what it feels like to be sad or hurt. Her innocence has made her pure, just like the white pearl of in the ocean.
India Black Tea
The color “India black tea” helps to explain the dark, evilness of Pearl. The word “black” represents darkness and evil entities. Pearl first shows the blackness and evil presence within her soul while she is talking to Governor Bellingham at his house. Governor Bellingham asked Pearl who her father was. Pearl answered saying she had no father but instead, was plucked from her mother’s breast. She refuses to admit that God is her Holy Father. In reply, Governor Bellingham answers, “‘she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny’” (174). The Puritans were very religious people. Since Pearl is refusing to claim the Lord as her father, she is showing evilness. The people of the