Essay The Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis

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The Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis

“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.” This quote by Samuel Jackson represents the reflections of a character named Roger Chillingworth from the dark romantic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne called The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale will eventually become consumed by his own hatred and becomes a victim of his own revenge. Hawthorne foreshadows the evil vengeance filled within Chillingworth in his first appearance in the story. Mr. Roger Chillingworth is described as a small deformed individual, with having one shoulder higher than the other. Chillingworth is described as also having an appearance with the combination of savage and civilized costume. But even with his hideous features, Chillingworth is also described as having been of intelligence and power. When Chillingworth had arrived in Boston, he had been previously living in captivity with the Indians, whom had captured him holding him for a year. This is the main reason that caused Chillingworth to be portrayed as such a blood curdling figure in the introduction of the story. And it also explains the missing whereabouts ' of Hester Prynne absent husband’s from Hester’s life. Regardless of Chillingworth’s appearance, he will also turn out to be the evil antagonist throughout the course of The Scarlet Letter. Roger Chillingworth will live for nothing but his diabolic pursuit of twisted revenge for Hester and her unknown lover…

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