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In "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pearl appears to be so happy out in the woods, she is referred to several times as either an "imp", a "sprite", or an "elf child". This comparison is in stark contrast to the weight the child is on those around her. While Pearl is the physical representation of Hester's sin, she is also light and free spirited. This tension is important in questioning the essence of sin in the novel.
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