The Scarlet Letter Podcast 5

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Another view of Hester brings to light for us, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the way that Hester is changing because her stigma is resolving from the Puritan people while Dimmesdale fights with both himself and Hester. In the forest when they are all together (Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl) the two adults plan their future life together, and examine how they will devise their escape. It is perhaps Pearl, the little demon, who puts the Scarlet Letter on Hester's chest against Dimmesdale clutching his chest regularly. Precocious is indeed the word for this girl.

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I wrote about this as well. Pearl is very perceptive and could easily put together the pieces to figure out that Dimmesdale was her father. Her inquires are meant to provoke the adult characters.

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