Please characterize Pearl of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"     What are three nouns or adjectives about pearl that indicate Pearl's strong feelings, what are two things that Pearl likes,...

Please characterize Pearl of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" 

 

 

What are three nouns or adjectives about pearl that indicate Pearl's strong feelings,

what are two things that Pearl likes, and

what are three nouns that describe qualities Pearl appreciates in other people?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As the symbol of Hester's sin, Pearl acts throughout the novel as Hester's reminder of her sin and her tormentor.  It is not until Chapter XXIII that Pearl becomes humanized as she kisses her father, the Reverend Dimmesdale as she, Hester, and he stand on the scaffold.

Two things that Pearl likes are tormenting her mother since the warfare of Hester's spirit is in her, and giving in to her elfish urges.  For instance, when Pearl accompanies her mother to the mansion of Governor Bellingham, she tortures her mother with "naughty merriment" as her mother's scarlet letter is exaggerated in the suit of armor that hangs before them. Also, when she and her mother  depart the mansion, Pearl "in utters scorn of her mother's attempt to quiet her, gave an eldritch scream,...not from any notion of obedience, but because the ...curiosity of her diposition was excited by the appearance" of two new people.  And, when questioned by the Reverend Mr. Wilson about who made her, she impishly replies that she was born of the rose bush outside the prison.

Three words that are descriptive of Pearl's feelings are in Chapter VIII as Pearl is described as "a wild and flighty little elf."  The child exhibits this behavior later in the novel as well when she and her mother are in the forest and Hester asks Pearl to cross the brook, but Pearl refuses until her mother reattaches the scarlet letter to her bosom.

One noun that describes qualities Pearl, as the embodiment of Hester's conscience as well as her sin, appreciates in others is honesty. For example, Pearl pulls away her hand from Dimmesdale when he refuses to stand with Hester at noon on the scaffold, complaining, "Thous was not bold!--thou wast not true!"

Goodness is another quality, for Pearl shrinks from the "black man."  When she spots Chillingworth in Chapter X, Pearl exhorts her mother to come away from him, for he will harm her.

The beauty of nature is still another quality that Pearl appreciates.  She loves the play of the sunlight upon her as she and her mother venture into the forest in Chapter XVI, and she enjoys the brook.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Pearl has all of Chapter six dedicated to her.  She is a beautiful child and the book uses many adjectives to describe her.  She is like a fairy in the forest.

To describe Pearl's strong feelings Hawthorne uses words such as:

"trait of passion"(80)

"The fiery luster"(80)

"flightiness of her temper"(80)

"defiant mood"(80)

"wild flow of spirits"(81)

Pearl spends a lot of time by herslef due to her mother's sin.  Pearl loves to play in the forrest.  She also likes to make playthings out of "A stick, a rag, a bunch of flowers"(82)

She likes to eat "partridge -berries" (174)

She likes her mother's "scarlet letter" (175)

Nouns that describe things Pearl likes in others:

-Her father's kiss on his death

I could not find any words to list of things Pearl liked.

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