The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1583 Words Apr 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Puritanism was a tightly controlled, super “pure” type of Christianity that was present in some colonies during the earliest days of American society. Nathaniel Hawthorne focused on colonial Boston back in its Puritan Era to tell a fictional story of failed love in The Scarlet letter. Hester Prynne faced many obstacles as the protagonist. Her struggles were social and internal, with the guilt of unforgivable sin constantly weighing down on her well-being. However, the true antagonist of this story was Roger Chillingworth, the ex husband of Hester Prynne. After he found out that his wife had long abandoned her love of him in exchange for that of another man, he gained an unwavering lust for prolonged, secretive revenge upon both lovers. Upon his arrival in Boston, Chillingworth immediately recognized his wife standing upon a scaffold to absorb public humiliation. He wasted no time before asking the townspeople why she had been placed upon the scaffold. It was revealed to him that she was being punished, and that she wore the scarlet letter “A” to signify she was an “Adulturer.” That same day, Chillingworth, who worked as a physician, gained access to Hester’s cell to speak with her about the event. Additionally, Chillingworth felt a need to find Hester’s lover. He told Hester, “There is a sympathy that will make me conscious of him. I shall see him tremble. I shall feel myself shudder, suddenly and unawares. Sooner or later, he must needs be mine!” (Page 73). In the line,…

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