Scarlet letter chapter 21-end
page 213 refers to Pearl as an elf child. As she is repeatedly referred to as such through out the Scarlett Letter.
Elf- Definition elf ( P ) Pronunciation Key (lf)
n. pl. elves (lvz)
A small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers.
A lively, mischievous child.
A usually sprightly or mischievous or sometimes spiteful person.
Why would Pearl be considered an Elf to everyone in the book? Why not a witch? Or demon child? Elves are niether good nor evil? Is this a point Hawthorne is trying to make?
Posted by LeahDavis at 21, 2005 05:02
Leah, I think you've got the answer to that question right in the post.
Posted by: Neha at 26, 2005 06:49
She never really did any harm to anyone. Her innocence is quite obvious. How could anyone call her a demon or a witch? She's an energetic little girl. I do think you have something with Hawthorne's intentions though, the elf reference is made several times and I do think it has meaning- like your defenition " A lively,mischievious child."
Posted by: Quinn Kerno at 27, 2005 10:06