Roger Chillingworth 's The Scarlet Letter Essay

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Roger Chillingworth’s Story At a glance, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter may look like it surrounds Hester Prynne as the story’s main character, but this is not nearly the case to anyone who delves deeper into the novel. A large majority of the main plot line is tied together by Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s old, bitter, and vengeful husband. The book presents him as the epicenter of events on multiple occasions. Chillingworth definitely is not the hero of this story, which is most likely why the typical reader may not see him as the main character. Even though tragic, Chillingworth is a representation of something greater than himself, and he certainly plays a major role in the plot line of The Scarlet Letter.
Roger Chillingworth spends the stretch of his life seeking absolute revenge against Arthur Dimmesdale for having a child with his wife during his two year long absence from her life. He exhibits a natural tendency in humans to look for what is fair in their lives, and to him, it would only be fair to find the person who had done wrong against him and enforce a punishment unto them of equal or greater value than his own shame. Chillingworth represents the darker and more stubborn side of humanity. “Calm, gentle, passionless, as he appeared, there was yet, we fear, a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now, in this unfortunate old man, which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy” (Chapter 11,…

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