Roger Chillingworth in Scarlet Letter Essay

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Throughout all forms of literature, the author will often provide situations and characters, each which can contain a strong symbolic meaning. Symbolism allows a character to be expressed as almost anything. Through the symbolism of a single character, any type of character trait, story, or way of life can be told. Also, a character can represent a strong and demanding feeling. One of these feelings is that of revenge, a controlling obsession possessed by a character. It is a problem that may lead to feelings or acts of sin and evil. The actions, feelings, thoughts, and looks of one character may symbolize that chain of evil and sin, including the root of all evil. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, symbolism is used throughout …show more content…
The primary and deadly evil seen vividly through Roger Chillingworth is that of vengeance. It is his primary sin and problem in the novel, which eventually leads to his defeat and his death.

What once began for Chillingworth as an act of vengeance, slowly transformed into a life of endless obsession. "Not the less, he shall be mine." Pg. 78. Roger Chillingworth tells Hester that the father of her child will be known and that Chillingworth will make it certain that he learns the man, and confronts him. The reader may experience the intensity of Chillingworth's plans for the future, as the foreshadowing of his obsession is apparent. As the passion of his revenge grows, Chillingworth's actions become more sinful and symbolic. "…this learned man was the physician as well as friend of the young minister." Pg. 109. Chillingworth decides to become good friends with Reverend Dimmesdale, the father of Hester Prynne's child, in order to ensure the slow and painful torture of the reverend. "These black weeds have sprung up out of a buried heart to make manifest of an unspoken crime." Pg. 129. Chillingworth speaks to the reverend about the blackness of secrets in order to torture the reverend by increasing the pain of his guilt. Chillingworth's evil symbolism is also apparent here in his obsession of destroying the reverend. Although Chillingworth was the only character with no problem at the

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