Francis Bacon's Theme Of Revenge, And The Scarlet Letter

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Francis Bacon’s essay About Revenge, relates to the Scarlet Letter in the sense that revenge is a waste of time. Revenge is a common motif in Francis Bacon’s essay and the Scarlet Letter. They both explain that nothing good happens from revenge. As Nathaniel Hawthorn portrayed in Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth died after Dimmesdale confessed all of his sins because he had nothing more to live for. He devoted his life to making Dimmesdale’s miserable after he found out he was Hester’s lover. Hawthorn and Bacon both try to convey messages throughout their writings: revenge is a consuming emotion, it brings out an evil side of people and those who seek revenge seem to lose control of themselves. Bacon believes that taking revenge makes you even …show more content…
You become evil, and infatuated by revenge. Bacon explained how you lower yourself to the same level as the enemy. You become just as mischievous a them, and that’s exactly what occurred to Chillingworth in the Scarlet Letter. We never knew him when he was completely innocent and pure, but we must assume that he became so evil after he found out his wife was an adulterer with the Reverend. “Roger Chillingworth 's aspect had undergone a remarkable change while he had dwelt in town, and especially since his abode with Mr. Dimmesdale...At first his expression had been calm, meditating, scholar-like. Now, there was something ugly and evil in his face... and which grew still the more obvious to sight the oftener they looked upon him" (Hawthorne 116). This demonstrates the characteristic changes Chillingworth developed throughout the book. After he found out that Reverend Dimmesdale, who he was originally helping had a baby with his wife, he became a new character; an evil character filled with hatred. His anger consumed him and he took everything out on his vengeance of Dimmesdale’s actions. He was so involved with Dimmesdale’s revenge that after he died, Chillingworth soon died after. He had nothing else to live for than to torture the Reverend, and he completed his one task far he died. He was a completely changed character, so evil he was compared to as the

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