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  • Roger Chillingworth's Malign Behavior Towards Hester
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    Dimmesdale vs. Chillingworth Near the end of the novel, Arthur Dimmesdale tells the following to his fellow adulteress Hester concerning Roger Chillingworth: "We are not, Hester, the worst sinners in the world. There is one worse than even the polluted priest! That old man's revenge has been blacker than my sin. He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart". He is referring to Roger Chillingworth's malign behavior towards Hester and, especially, himself... In his priestly way, h...
  • Hester Prynne And Roger Chillingworth
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    To Characterize a Character Character is the combination of qualities and features that distinguish a person, group, or thing from others. The wise Benjamin Disraeli once said, "Characters do no change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed". This statement is worth acknowledging, however, I disagree. Characters are an essential part of any literary piece, and in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I have observed several characters alter and change. Of course, Disra...
  • Actions Of Chillingworth Against Dimmesdale And Hester
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    Imagine a man having insecurities of his own, with a somewhat deformed and unpretentious appearance, finding that his spouse had betrayed him. For Roger Chillingworth, it was a completely heart-breaking devastation. In The Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth is the husband of Hester Prynne. When they married, he knew that she didn't love him, but still proceeded to commit the rest of his life to her. Consequently, a story of forbidden passion, hatred, and jealousy unfolds. Starting off as a scholar, R...
  • Chillingworth Character Traits
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    In the novel The Scarlet Letter, perhaps the most interesting and hated character was Roger Chillingworth. When Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote this book he spent a great deal of time analyzing and defining his characters through their traits and the secrets they held against one another. Chillingworth was Hester Prynne's true husband. He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts at the beginning of the story when Hester Prynne was on the scaffold being hazed and punished for the crime of adultery. From the be...
  • Representation Of Hester's Relationship With Dimmesdale
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    Stack 34 The Scarlet Letter Introduction The Scarlet Letter is a classic tale of sin, punishment, and revenge. It was written in 1850 by the famous American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It documents the lives of three tragic characters, each of whom suffer greatly because of his or her sins. Shot Plot The story begins with Hester Prynne, a resident of a small Puritan community, being led from the town jailhouse to a public scaffold where she must stand for three hours as punishment for adultery. ...
  • Hester And Dimmesdale
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    The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel about three individuals whose lives are forever changed. The story takes place in a Puritan village in Boston, in the 1600's. A woman named Hester Prynne has committed adultery and is subject to wear a letter 'A' on her dress, representing adulteress. Her secret lover, Dimmesdale, does not come forth, and she does not reveal his identity. Hester's husband, Chillingworth, becomes a sick man, living off other people's sufferings. The a...
  • The Feminist Scarlet Letter
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    The Scarlet Letter can easily be seen as an early feminist piece of work. Nathaniel Hawthorne created a story that exemplifies Hester as a strong female character living with her choices, whether they were good or bad, and also as the protagonist. He also presents the daughter of Hester, Pearl, as an intelligent female, especially for her age. He goes on to prove man as imperfect through both the characters of Dimmesdale and of Chillingworth. With the situation that all the characters face, Hawt...
  • Hester And Pearl
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    The rose bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally over-shadowed it, -or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Anne Hutchinson, as she entered the prison-door, -we shall not take upon us to determine. In The Scarlet Letter, author, Nathaniel Hawthorne effectively sets the mood fo...
  • Case Of Hester Prynne And Arthur Dimmesdale
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    Most people believe that there exists at least one person in the world who matches their personality exactly. Others believe that for every person there is an exact opposite or an evil twin so to speak. In the case of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, they fall somewhere in between these two definitions. Both were sinners, and yet the people glorified Dimmesdale and cast Hester away, only because they were misinformed. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale are, at first glance totally different...
  • Chillingworth's Glimpse At Dimmesdale's Bared Chest
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    - Navigate Here - Context Plot Overview Characters Character Analysis Themes -- - The Custom-House Chapters I and II Chapters and IV Chapters V and VI Chapters VII and V Chapters IX and X Chapters XI and XII Chapters X and XIV Chapters XV and XVI Chapters XVII and XV Chapters XIX and XX Chapters XXI and XXII Chapters XX and XXIV -- - Quotations Key Facts Study Quiz Further Reading Edition 11 Chapters IX-X (Read: Chapter IX. Chapter X) Summary Chapter IX: The Leech By renaming himself upon his ar...
  • John Proctor And Hester Pryne
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    The test of a courageous person is the ability to bear defeat without losing heart. This happens when a person is challenged with an overwhelming obstacle that is immposible to defeat, but when overcome the person still emerges with his dignity. Two works that illustrate this are the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller and the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is possible not to overcome an obstacle and still manage to be victorious. This is true for John Proctor a Puritan from ...
  • Hester And Chillingworth
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    Roger Chillingworth The Scarlet Letter, a classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, depicts the sins of three individuals all tied together by common threads. Although the title emphasizes Hester Prynne's sin of adultery, symbolized by the scarlet "A" that she wears every day on the bodice of her dress, there is another character who the narrator gives the impression of creating greater sin. Roger Prynne, better known in the book as Roger Chillingworth, who is also Hester Prynne's husband that she t...
  • One Between Dimmesdale And Chillingworth
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    The character of Roger Chillingworth in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter is one of many different faces. Hawthorne changes the character of Chillingworth during different periods of the novel. As Chillingworth's actions and his motives change, so in turn does the reader's opinion of him, which ranges from compassion to antipathy. Hawthorne keeps the character of Chillingworth an enigma, and Hawthorne uses his narrative to shed light on the true feelings of Chillingworth, as well through the ...
  • Hester Prynne And Evil By Roger Chillingworth
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    Frank Lee 8/17/00 Essay- Scarlet Letter In modern times battles are fought everyday, but in the end, it is only the outcome of the wars that count. Sometimes the good guys win and sometimes the bad guys win, but in literature, it is different. "In literature, Evil wins the battles, but Good wins the wars". says Henry Gaedon. This is particularly evident in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter where Good is portrayed by Hester Prynne and Evil by Roger Chillingworth. Hester's painful losses in...
  • Dimesdale By The Hands Of Chillingworth
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    Even though this chapter lacks, compared to previous chapters, symbolism, foreshadowing makes up for it. I found two moments of foreshadowing which I believe are important, one when chillingworth asks for the name of Pearl's biological father, and the other is in the last few sentences when Hester is afraid she has made a bond that will "prove the ruin of her soul". To this chillingworth replies "Not thy soul... No, not thine!" , which is obvious, that the reference is to Dimesdale, Pearl's fath...

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