While one is reading the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne one cannot but wonder why Hester Pryne's child Pearl is so different. Hester almost seemed as if she was afraid of the child. The text says that Hester's, "only comfort was when the child lay in the placidity of sleep."(181). Why is this the case.
I believe that Pearl was possessed by some type of demonic spirit to punish Hester for what she did. The child's defiance to the norms of society is like Hester. Hester committed adultery and became an outcast of society. Now she lived in a old cottage outside of town alone. Hester was puzzled when Pearl always stared at the scarlet letter on her chest. On page 179 it says, "It was a look so intelligent, yet inexplicable, so perverse, sometimes so malicious, but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that Hester could not help questioning.".This quote shows that Hester saw something in Pearls eyes that she feared.
When this book takes place in the period in which the Puritans ruled. The town is disgusted by Pearls behavior and fears her. They even have the other children stay away from her after she throws rocks at them. This proves that Pearl was possessed by the devil and is a Demon Child.