Similarities And Differences Between The Scarlet Letter And Moby Dick

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In every part of history, Gothic literature has been known for its basis of sin andevil. By vaguely evaluating the two novel-based movies, The Scarlet Letter by NathanielHawthorne and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, one may seem to only find differences.The Scarlet Letter is about a young married woman named Hester Prynne, who becomespregnant and has a child in the absence of her husband; she is then forced to live in hershame and wear the letter “A” on her bosom for “adulteress”. Once her clandestinehusband Roger Chillingworth comes into town and learns of the news, he fixates his lifesgoal on divulging the baby’s father. Roger Chillingworth wishes to bring forth shame andpain to the secretive man (Arthur Dimmesdale). On the other hand, the …show more content…
They do this by drinking Ahab’s blood fromthe open handle of their harpoons. Thirdly, Captain Ahab’s evil not only consumes him,but also those around him. After being put through months of nonstop work, harshconditions, and a seemingly never-ending perpetual search, the men become weary andimpatient. The unity between Captain Ahab and his first mate Starbuck become so fragilethat they nearly kill each other on two different occasions. This is indubitably due toAhab’s evil. Captain Ahab eventually becomes a victim of his own evil. After harpooningMoby Dick, Captain Ahab ends up intertwined in the rope. Eventually the whale, alongwith the evil desire for vengeance, drags Captain Ahab to his watery grave.In likeness to Captain Ahab, Roger Chillingworth delineates evil in visibly similarways. Chillingworth allows his compulsive desire to seek revenge from ArthurDimmesdale to drive his life. Essentially, Chillingworth is contingent upon ArthurDimmesdale. After suspecting Dimmesdale to be the father of Hester Prynne’s baby,Chillingworth begins to live with Dimmesdale. Chillingworth then goes on to dedicatehis life to making Dimmesdale suffer mentally and physically. This sort of deception is awhole new evil in itself. Another evil is when Chillingworth meets Hester Prynne in thejail and tells her what the true motives of his visit are. He then proceeds to make HesterPrynne, hi`s covert wife, vow to never tell anyone that he is indeed her “long losthusband”. Roger Chillingworth’s evils not only overtake him, but also overwhelm thoseclosest to him, such as Dimmesdale. Chillingworth’s evil poisons cause Dimmesdale todeteriorate and believe that God is punishing him. In correspondence to Captain Ahab’sdeath, Roger Chillingworth dies in the same manner metaphorically. After theunfortunate death of Dimmesdale, Chillingworth simply wastes away. This

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