Chillingworth's Demonic Actions Essay

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With a raging desire for knowledge and a single-minded pursuit of retribution, Chillingworth’s demonic actions lead him to damnation, demonstrating the need for reconciliation in times of conflict.

Two Wrongs Make a Wrong

Revenge. It exists within everyone. Pervading throughout all social relationships, revenge is damaging and detrimental to any hopes of reconciliation. Those who commit revenge are cowardly people unwilling to face the harsh realities of life. For the meek, vengeance pleasures the soul; however, it is only temporal. Like an addictive drug, revenge soothes anger and tension by sedating the mind with ephemeral comfort. Despite the initial relief, pain ensues and conditions seem worse than before. Mahatma
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Likewise, his constant questioning and learning of the world leads him to investigate the identity of the man who slept with Hester. After the confrontation with Hester within the prison, Chillingworth vows that he will spend the rest of his life in revenge and that he will eventually suck the soul out of the man whom she had the affair with.
He claims that “I [Chillingworth] shall seek this man, as I have sought truth in books” (70). The vengeful and transformed character has become demonic, stating, “I shall see him tremble. I shall feel myself shudder, suddenly and unawares. Sooner or later, he must needs be mine” (70). In the utmost desire to find who the evil man is,
Chillingworth binds himself to the Reverend Dimmesdale, hoping that the preacher’s knowledge of Hester would provide crucial information.
The night that he finds out that Dimmesdale is Pearl’s true father is the night that Satan takes on human form in that of Chillingworth. In other words, Chillingworth became “a precious human soul […] lost to heaven, and won into his [Satan’s] kingdom” (127). Truly, the seeds of Chillingworth’s revenge are planted and the demonism starts to emerge. The constant prying and urge to comprehend the entire matter is comparable to Satan’s temptation of Jesus within the desert. In addition, Chillingworth does not reconcile with Dimmesdale just as a forgiving Jesus would have done. Instead of backing off and

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