Essay On Atropine Poisoning In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Is one of American Literature's greatest works actually a murder mystery? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter tells a mesmerising story of human nature and its frailty, but in the novel’s background a chilling tale of murder emerges. In the beginning of the book readers meet Hester Prynne, a young woman who has to wear a scarlet letter A forever for committing the sin of adultery. Soon Hester’s husband returns from his long captivity by Indians and vows revenge on his wife’s lover. He quickly assumes the alias Roger Chillingworth, posing as a physician. Chillingworth promptly undertakes the care of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester’s secret lover, a fact Chillingworth discovers. After going under the care of Chillingworth, Dimmesdale’s health inexplicably declines. Years later, Dimmesdale dies a sickly man full of shame. Despite indications that Dimmesdale dies due solely to his guilt, Roger Chillingworth truly kills Dimmsdale through torment, poison, and deception. Chillingworth evokes …show more content…
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