Similarities And Differences Between Roger Dimmesdale And Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlett Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, gives the reader a limitless number of differences between Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale. However, Hawthorne also shows similarities between the two main men characters. The two characters show us the evil in the novel, the unfolding sin, and add a special romance to the novel. They are extremely important in the story, and to give two examples of evil and love, evil being Chillingworth, and love being Dimmesdale. Reading the novel and just interpretating Hester’s sins does not give the “deepest truth of the story” (Stern 1). The story concerns not only Hester’s sin of adultery, but also the two main character’s, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth, sin. The story mainly …show more content…
Chillingworth is hurt because his wife cheated on him, had a baby with another man, and loved another man, Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale was hurt because he committed a sin and, difficulty dealing with the situation. If the town found out, then he would be viewed in a negative way. Chillingworth and Dimmesdale are both in love with the same woman, and both have a deep relationship with her.
In comparison, both men have secrets. Being a Reverend, Dimmesdale’s secret seems to be worse just because he is a Reverend. This secret could destroy his reputation because after he committed adultery he comes to find out that Hester is pregnant with his child. Arthur Dimmesdale has a terrible secret and is frightened to tell anyone since the town holds him in “such high regard” (). After this dilemma he was seen as a “withdrawn” man
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The is the only person in the entire town who knows who he actually is just happens to be Hester Prynne. One of the secrets of Chillingworth is that he is married to Hester, but nobody knows that because he had been gone for about two years. Chillingworth wants to torture Dimmesdale so in order to do that he cannot let anyone know who he is. He is physically monstrous. His physical appearance literally mirrors a monster. He carries around his “broad, uneven shoulders” like a monster would. He is considered a murderer since he used chemical experiments and practiced medicine on Dimmesdale. His desire was revenge not justice which developed after he discovered his wife´s sin. His secret shapes him into an evil, mean, manipulative person.
When Hester committed adultery both men were worried about what everyone would think. Chillingworth did not want Hester to tell everyone who she committed adultery with because he wanted Dimmesdale to suffer with guilt. He also did not want Hester to tell everyone that he was her husband. Chillingworth was gone for so long that the townspeople forgot about him. Dimmesdale did not want Hester to tell anyone because his reputation of being a good man would go away. They both “desired silence from Hester” (Battista,

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