Cause and Effect: the Scarlet Letter Essay

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Cause and Effect: The Scarlet Letter Set in Boston, in the Puritan times of the 1940’s, the book, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is about a young girl named Hester Prynne who commits adultery with the town’s minister, Arthur Dimmensdale. Hester is married to a man named Roger Chillingworth, a scholarly man, who sent her to Boston years earlier while he settled his affairs in Europe. Years passed and Chillingworth arrives in Boston to find his wife on a Scaffold being accused of adultery. After this, Chillingworth lusts for revenge, and is determined to find the father of Hester’s baby, Pearl. Throughout the novel, Chillingworth undergoes a change that transforms him from a respectable gentleman, to a suspicious and …show more content…
Chillingworth seeks no one’s happiness—not even his own—and desires only the injury of others. In chapter 14, Chillingworth tells Hester, “Let the flower blossom as it may. Now go thy ways, and deal as thou wilt with yonder man.” This quote shows how Chillingworth doesn’t really care about what Hester thinks. He wants to be vengeful and crude to Dimmensdale to force something out of him.

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