How is Pearl both a constant reminder of sin and a joy to Hester?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

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