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Day 548

Part of some a draft paragraph for an AP Lit essay about religious motifs in The Scarlet Letter I wrote today...


Jesus’ main purpose has always been to redeem the world of its’ sins; as a gift to his mother, God, and the rest of humanity. Hester has a far more complicated relationship with Pearl, who she acknowledges is “a token of her shame” (page 47). However, throughout the book, Pearl proves to be Hester’s saving grace, ultimately changing her titular A from Adultery to Able. Hester’s sins are “redeemed” by Pearl just as Mary’s are by Jesus. Both mothers have been ostracized by their communities because of their children, with seemingly unknown fathers. Part of what sets Pearl apart from the community is her empathy and humanity.

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