Brittany Anne Kimble
AP English period 6
13 December 2012
Chillingworth the Caretaker
Chillingworth’s main goal, like a leech; is to attach himself to the object that harbors the desired object, in this case; Reverend Dimmesdale. Chillingworth, A fake name given to Hester’s estranged husband whom is thought to be dead shows up in Hester’s puritan town when she is being condemned for having an affair while she is married. Chillingworth has a hunch that Reverend Dimmesdale knows the truth about who the father of Hester’s baby; As a result he convinces Reverend Dimmesdale to let him be his doctor, enabling him to get closer to him. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel, The Scarlet Letter, he illustrates Chillingworth’s relentless inquisition for the truth through his use of comparative imagery and arcane/dark diction to emphasize Reverend Dimondale’s extensive search for the truth. “He now dug into the poor clergyman's heart, like a miner searching for gold; or, rather, like a sexton delving into a grave, possibly in quest of a jewel that had been buried on the dead man's bosom “(Hawthorne, pg. 127). Hawthorne’s use of comparative imagery portrays the intensity in which Chillingworth is searching for the truth inside of Reverend Dimmesdale. The first comparison, “He dug into the poor clergyman’s heart, like a miner searching for gold…,” (Hawthorne, 127) He is comparing Chillingworth to a miner which is hungry for his reward, the gold or in Chillingworth’s case the truth. In contrast, “like a sexton delving into a grave,” (Hawthorne, 127) puts a dark connotation on the passage. Sextons dig up graves at night, consoled by darkness, like Chillingworth’s intentions. The jewel on the corps represents the truth in which Chillingworth is seeking. Hawthorne uses such arcane words as “seized, investigation, delving, gripe, dug, searching, and sought” to emphasize the extent to which Chillingworth is searching. He also uses dark imagery to represent the...
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