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In "The Scarlet Letter," what does Pearl need, give, and fear? Who would...
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In the most general sense, Pearl needs a "normal" home life. In particular, she needs an earthly father as Hester herself notes: "And my child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly one!" Interestly, this proves to be true; when Dimmesdale finally is ready to accept Pearl, he dies. Throughout the novel, especially at the second Scaffold Scene, Pearl tries to get Dimmesdale to answer her question: "But wilt thou promise," asked Pearl, "to take my hand, and mother's hand, to-morrow noontide?"
Once Dimmesdale dies, Pearl seems free of her now unattainable desire, and can begin a "normal" life.
Despite her odd nature and need of a father, Pearl does give meaning to Hester's life ... she is the "Pearl of great price." She is Hester's greatest joy and her greatest grief.
Posted by timbrady on September 11, 2008 at 8:23 AM (Answer #1)
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