In addition to being liberating, the scarlet A becomes a badge of defiance and transgression. It has enabled her to become an "other" in her community, which is deeply judgmental, and in separating herself from it she develops an identity apart from the people in it, and this new identity in many way is more moral, embraces more goodness. Separated, too, she is able to raise Pearl to be other than what the child would be if living in that deeply judgmental community. In a sense, then, the A empowers her to continue to resist the dominant ideology that her act with Dimmesdale initiated. Everything about Pearl is Hawthorne's way of approving of that resistance and disapproving of that ideology.