Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

757 Words Jan 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
There is an old saying that says “opposites attract”. However, this is not the case as Nathaniel Hawthorne pins two opposing sides against each other in his novel, The Scarlet Letter. In the previous chapters, Hawthorne used bible references, such as The Virgin and Jesus and the snake (representation of devil in the story of Adam & Eve), as a basis in the character development of Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth. In this chapter, Hawthorne depicts the contrast between Prynne and Chillingworth personalities as a representations of light versus darkness. In chapter 4 of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne reveals the character traits and personalities of Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth through his use of various techniques throughout the detailed descriptions of physical reactions and, dialogue.
Hester’s physical reactions reveal the intensity of her fear towards Roger Chillingworth. Hester had noticed the man once before in the crowd during her three hour humiliation for adultery. However, at the very moment she saw her physician, Roger Chillingworth, was the man in the crowd she “become as still as death”. (141) Hester’s fear is eminent and continues throughout the chapter as she trembles with fear at the sight of him seating down next to her. Dialogue is a vital part in the characterization of the Roger Chillingworth and Hester Prynne. Despite her status of ignominy, Hester Prynne has the willpower and strength to accept her actions and defend her last bits of…

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