How is allegory visible in the Scarlet Letter?

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Allegory is also visible in the character and name of Hester's daughter, Pearl. Hester named her for the bible verse, Matthew 13:45-46, "Upon finding one pearl of great price, he went and sold all he had and bought it." Hester paid a great price for her daughter: her self-respect, her husband, her standing in the community, basically everything. However, Hester was willing to pay that price for Pearl and as a result, Pearl is Hester and

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