While adultery is a devious act no matter how you look at it, it was especially devilish in this time period of Colonia America.
In a 1996 talk given by Sacvan Bercovitch in Salem, Massachusetts titled “The Scarlet Letter: A Twice-Told Tale,” he explains that part of the reason this sin is so taxing on the both of them is because of the weight that their society places on it.
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Whether intentional or not, keeping secrets is part of human nature.
Additionally, Hester’s appearance begins to reflect her feelings; she wears more concealing clothing and sheathes her hair.
Hester tries to go on with her life as normal, setting up residence on the outskirts of town and taking on sewing jobs as well as raising Pearl by herself.
By wearing the scarlet letter every day, Hester has full and complete control of her sin.
Removing the letter would mean society has power over her.
However, in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character, Hester Prynne does the exact opposite as she openly shows her acceptance of her sin through the scarlet “A”, and Pearl. She is a constant and permanent punishment for Hester’s sin.
A quote that shows Pearl’s symbolization is on page 74.