Nathaniel Hawthorne

Topics: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Nathaniel Hawthorne Pages: 4 (1465 words) Published: January 29, 2013
Hawthorne demonstrates how crucial it is to have judgment towards people and their actions. He also portrays how that judgment makes the person feel. It is vital for people to judge others and their actions, but when it gets taken to the extreme is when people begin to have problems. Hawthorne also warns that sometimes judging others too quickly can lead to false perceptions. After reading the novel, one would agree that by criticizing others without actually knowing them or understanding their situation is not only wrong, but can also lead to a counterfeit view of the person and their motives. In “The Scarlet Letter”, Hawthorne not only discourages judging others too quickly, but also shows how the lack of judgment in some situations is not good by using the characters of Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl. Chillingworth is a character that Hawthorne uses to display how the sly man in society can easily trick society’s people at first. The new Puritan town thinks of Chillingworth as a trust worthy physician. Hawthorne writes that, “this learned stranger was exemplary, as regarded, at least, the outward forms of religious life, and early after his arrival, had chosen for his spiritual guide the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale” (Hawthorne 109). The symbolic relationship between Chillingworth and the devil is apparent to the reader after he disguises himself as a physician and calls himself Roger Chillingworth. This realization isn’t apparent to the townspeople in the novel just yet. He makes Dimmesdale believe he is a good friend, while he is actually trying to seek revenge upon him. Hawthorne describes Chillingworth by saying, “this diabolical agent had the Divine permission, for a season, to burrow into the clergyman’s intimacy, and plot against his soul” (Hawthorne 116). The community begins to form an opinion as a whole. They think Chillingworth is up to something evil. Hawthorne explains, “Another portion of the community had latterly begun to take its...
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