Revenge Is Not the Answer- Response to Scarlet Letter

Topics: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne Pages: 2 (500 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Revenge Is Not The Answer

What do you think is worse sleeping with another man’s wife, cheating on your husband, or a person who won’t let anything stop him until he gets his revenge? I personally think that the person who seeks revenge is worse. In case you’re wondering I’m referring to the main characters of the novel “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The main characters are Hester Prynne (The Cheater), Arthur Dimmesdale (Slept with a married woman), and Roger Chillingworth (Bent on revenge). If you don’t believe me that Chillingworth is the worse sinner then let me give you some reasons.

“’That old man's revenge has been blacker than my sin. He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart. Thou and I, Hester, never did so!’ - Dimmesdale (pg150.¶6)” This is basically saying that Chillingworth’s revenge is worse then what Dimmesdale’s sin. He could have just killed him but Chillingworth decide to do something even more terrible. He violated the sanctity of Dimmesdale’s heart. Personally I think that is something that a weak person would do.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

This quote came to my mind whenever I think of Chillingworth. It states that Chillingworth was a very weak man. If he was a strong man he would have forgiven Hester on the spot. Instead he decided to hold a grudge on her and Dimmesdale.

Doesn’t the bible state that a Christian who does not forgive can reap bitterness and the loss of his eternal rewards? This proves that Chillingworth was not doing anything holy. If he isn’t doing anything holy there is only one thing left. He was influenced by “The Black Man” that’s why he could do all of these evil and terrible things and not feel guilty at all. His physical appearance changed as well. In the beginning of the story he was kindly old physician and in the end of the story he...
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