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How is Pearl both a constant reminder of sin and a joy to Hester?
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Pearl is a constant reminder of sin because Hester conceived her through adultery, and she is always around. Her very existence is evidence of sin.
She's a joy because she's a fine and loving child, and because Hester loves her dearly.
Posted by gbeatty on March 15, 2007 at 11:04 PM (Answer #1)
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Hester loves Pearl because she is her child and brings her such joy in her life. However, Pearl was conceived due to Hester's adultery with Dimmesdale, so she's a constant reminder of Hester's shame, of why she must wear the scarlet A.
Posted by bmadnick on April 21, 2007 at 9:52 AM (Answer #2)
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