Theme Of Chillingworth In The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a remarkable American novel. Hawthorne created this story to have many different characters. The main characters of this book are Hester Prynne, Pearl, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Most of these main characters evolved throughout the book, however, this is not true for all of them. Despite Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale evolving throughout The Scarlet Letter, the only character that did not change was Chillingworth, who was introduced as evil which eventually led to his demise. In the beginning of the novel, the main character was introduced, Hester Prynne. Hester’s character evolved throughout the story both physically and emotionally. As she was being introduced, a town…show more content…
Chillingworth, the husband of Hester, was brought into the story the last out of the four main characters and his identity wasn’t officially revealed until much later in the book. The narrator described Chillingworth as a short man with wrinkles dressed in Native American clothing. It was also described that one of his shoulders was noticeably higher than the other. With these characteristics, especially his shoulders, it could be inferred that this character was evil and strange. The different shoulders heights hinted that Chillingworth was not at all an average person; he was different than the other townspeople. Chillingworth’s character continued to become eviler throughout the novel. This is supported in the text in chapter fourteen where it is stated, “In a word, old Roger Chillingworth was a striking evidence of man’s faculty of transforming himself into a Devil, if he will only, for a reasonable space of time, undertake a Devil’s office.” It was evident that Chillingworth’s evilness was increasing as the novel progressed. He had become angered that Dimmesdale continued to keep his secret from the town and that Hester wanted to reveal his true identity. Chillingworth’s evilness continued not just emotionally, but also physically as noticed by Hester who saw his appearance had changed. Hawthorne created this flat character almost devil like to symbolize the evil that comes with sinning. The wickedness of Chillingworth lives on until the end of the novel where it consumes him so much so that it causes his demise. Chillingworth not evolving signified that evilness never changes and never
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