Pearl the Elf —the Forbidden Love and Early Feminist Ideas
PART 1: THE FORBIDDEN LOVE As a married woman in an empty marriage which only has a title, falling in love with the minister may not be an accident but a miracle. In the name of god, their true love which cannot be more pure should be blessed and protected. But, on the contrary, in the name of god and his followers, the love between these two innocent people is totally forbidden and can never be bared by the normal people. She gets pregnant, she gets insults, she gets suffered. But in the passionate love of her “secret lover”, she swallows all of the unjustness with the pain after it and never says a word out. As a woman in such a society in the seventeenth century with no right or status, all she can look up to is the Great Almeaty and true love that she has. But, for god’s sake, she gets her little Pearl who’s a total elf. Pearl is the juicy fruit of their love which is born out of the true nature. As an important symbol, Pearl, undoubtedly, is the meaning and also the only “happy ending” of the whole book.
PART 2: THE EARLY FEMINIST IDEAS Hester Prynne, the woman hero in the Scarlet Letter, has been afraid or been cried all night as well at the beginning, but grows up as a human being with all courage and justice in the end. Under all of these humiliation, disgrace and pressure, she still says: "I cannot, I cannot run. "The minister asks her: "Woman, how much pain will you get from this?" Hester answers: "As long as before they could take me." Now I want to say: what kind of woman could speak out these words after all of these things happen? A woman hero, who do not fear, who do not withdraw, will protect anything that she believes is right and true. Finally, being moved by Hester’s deeds, the minister utters the secret from his own mouth to the public instead of being a coward and dies in the woman’s arms. And after all these, we could say that under Nathaniel Hawthorne’s pen, Hester is kind of a figure that shows early feminism.