A Dark Chill Afflicting The Human Heart Essay

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A Dark Chill Afflicting the Human Heart
When the word vampire is mentioned, the first thing that generally comes to mind is a monster with a cape, fangs and a taste for blood; however in literature a vampire is a character that symbolises some evil truth to human nature. Thomas C. Foster introduces the notion that vampires can be hidden within characters in novels to convey some underlying message, in the third chapter: Nice to Eat You Acts of Vampires, of his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor. This concept can be applied to the dark physician Roger Chillingworth, the antagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Old Roger Chillingworth’s life tells the tale of an insecure and studious man, who is transformed into a demented monster, when he vows to get revenge on the man his wife was unfaithful to him with: Arthur Dimmesdale. Chillingworth’s inner vampire is evident based on his appearance and his cold and ominous presence. His vengeance calls attention to an evil twinge in the human heart. In addition Chillingworth’s leech like quality of draining the life out of Dimmesdale, is very much so like a vampire feeding on the young blood of its victims. Chillingworth’s character shows that measures as wicked as revenge can entice one’s inner monster.
Although Chillingworth has a seemingly human exterior, the narrator provides a bit of transparency to his character, which reveals his inner monster to everyone aside from his victim Dimmesdale. As Foster…

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