The Scarlett Letter. Chapter Five and Six. Cinthya Moreno & Skylar Menuey. CHAPTER FIVE SUMMARY.
Chapter Five and Six
Cinthya Moreno & Skylar Menuey
Hester is finally released from prison has to start a new life. But instead of leaving Boston, she decides to stay because it was the scene of her crime and she feels its only fitting for her to carry out her punishment there. She will wear that letter for the rest of her life, becoming a symbol of female passion and temptation for the entire town. Although she is an outcast, Hester is able to support herself and Pearl due to her amazing talent in needlework. The beautiful, intense detail of her work made everyone, even the governor, wear it despite its shameful source. In fact, through her work, Hester touches all the major events of life except for marriage—it is deemed inappropriate for virgin brides to wear the product of Hester Prynne’s hands. She felt lonely so she decided to do charity work, but the people she usually helped only insulted herand her offers of kindness.
Hester’s only consolation is her daughter, Pearl, who is described in great detail in this chapter. Pearl is named so because she was purchased with everything Hester had. Pearl lives a very harsh life since “in giving her existence a great law had been broken,” her very being seems to be inherently at odds with the strict rules of Puritan society. She loves her daughter, but Hester Prynne worries that there is something slightly wrong with her child. The other children are cruel because they can sense that something is not quite right about Hester and her child. Knowing that she is alone in this world, Pearl creates casts of characters in her imagination to keep her company. When kids are making fun of her she usually screams and throws rocks at them. Pearl is fascinated by the scarlet letter because she has a sense that is has something to do with her and the way people treat her. The people of the town sometimes see the way Pearl acts as “witchcraft” since she is so different from the rest of the children. They worry that she is a child possessed by a demon because of the sinful act that brought her into this world.
A reference to Jesus' proverb describing heaven as a "pearl of great price“
She's pretty and charming
Pearl is passionate
She will NOT obey rules
Sin and Knowledge.
Both sign of Hester’s shame and her greatest AND only treasure.
Punishment and consolation
Represents something of great value.
She is an earthly representation of Hester’s sin on earth that goes with her Scarlet Letter.
ROMANTIC AND PURITAN IDEAS