The Scarlet Letter

How does Pearl save Hester from Satan?

Evidence: “Had they taken her [Pearl] from me, I would willingly have gone with thee into the forest, and signed my name in the Black Man’s book too, and that with mine own blood!” (Chapter 8)

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Pearl represents, to Hester, purity of real love: God's love. Pearl represents a departure from the stifling hypocrisy of Puritan society. Pearl is wild and good. She keeps Hester grounded from the forces that would destroy her.