The Scarlet Letter By Roger Chillingworth Essay

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Roger Chillingworth commits perhaps the worst sin in “The Scarlet Letter”. From the moment Chillingworth found Hester standing in public ignominy on the scaffold, he sought revenge on the man who betrayed him. He devoted the rest of his decaying life to enact malevolent vengeance on Hester’s fellow adulterer. After suspecting Dimmesdale to be the father, Chillingworth became the pastor’s personal physician. “For the next seven years he was Dimmesdale 's leech, trying, but not wholeheartedly, to help Dimmesdale overcome his sickness. All the while, Chillingworth 's appearance strangely changed. He had grown older and fiercer, with a close resemblance to the devil.” (Consequences) Chillingworth’s sin spawns from this phrase; "Calm, gentle, passionless, as he appeared, there was yet, we fear, a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now...which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy.” (Hawthorne 128) It is revealed that Chillingworth committed two major sins. His first sin was against Hester when he married her and took away her youth; “he admits: "Mine was the first wrong, when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay" (Hawthorne 69). Chillingworth 's second, and far more evil sin, is tricking the heart of a fellow man and sacrificing a friendship to gratify his own selfishness.” (Luo) By chapter 14, the leech that is…

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