The Scarlet Letter

Describe Pearl, and her actions as literay device to work on the conscience of hester and dimmesdale.

for her action as a literary device, meaning like she is the symbol of her mother's sin. I'm confused.

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Although Pearl is a complex character, her primary function within the novel is as a symbol. Pearl is a sort of living version of her mother’s scarlet letter. She is the physical consequence of sexual sin and the indicator of a transgression. Yet, even as a reminder of Hester’s “sin,” Pearl is more than a mere punishment to her mother: she is also a blessing. She represents not only “sin” but also the vital spirit and passion that engendered that sin. Thus, Pearl’s existence gives her mother reason to live, bolstering her spirits when she is tempted to give up. It is only after Dimmesdale is revealed to be Pearl’s father that Pearl can become fully “human.” Until then, she functions in a symbolic capacity as the reminder of an unsolved mystery. Pearl is also Dimmesdal'e final cleansing. When she holds his hand on the scaffold, Dimmesdale finally feels a sense of peace.