The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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In The Scarlet Letter by “Nathaniel Hawthorne”, one of the main characters, Roger Chillingworth, represents the devil. In Amsterdam, Roger Chillingworth marries a woman named Hester Prynne. After a few years in Amsterdam with Chillingworth, Hester Prynne moves to New England, while Chillingworth stays back, eventually planning on coming to join her in the New World. Two years later, Hester gives birth to a child, Pearl. No one knows who Pearl’s father is, so Hester has to wear a scarlet ‘A’ and stand on a podium where everyone makes fun of her. When she is standing on the podium, Roger Chillingworth, her husband, suddenly appears, after having been held captive by Indians for nearly a year. A little while later, the priest, Mr. Dimmesdale, falls ill, and the scholarly Roger Chillingworth becomes his physician in order to take care of him. Roger Chillingworth follows Mr. Dimmesdale everywhere, and even lives with him in Mr. Dimmesdale 's house. Roger Chillingworth’s activities mimic the devil, since he has devilish characteristics and he acts like the devil.

Throughout The Scarlet Letter Roger Chillingworth is referred to as the devil. In christianity, the forest is known as the devil’s lair. After Hester is taken to jail, Roger Chillingworth visits her and gives her potions to make her feel better. During his conversations with her, he calls himself a smart man who came from the forest of Indian lands, to this christian settlement, “I might have known that, as I…

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