The Scarlet Letter Essay

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The Scarlet Letter Essay

A person may show his corrupted side externally; despite the fact that it is only as a result of his lonely and loving character that he develops this corrupted side of him. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne, Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne’s husband, illustrates his conflicting characteristics internally and externally. On the inside, he is sensitive, lonely and loving of Hester. On the outside, he shows the stronger corrupted side of his character through his actions and words. Since he is deeply consumed by his strong love of Hester, his corrupted side becomes even stronger when his love impacts his evil actions. This illustrates how his corrupted nature is more important. Humans use their strong love to do fraudulent actions after being hurt by the one they love.

Chillingworth is a very affectionate man who loves Hester and is lonesome without her. He shows his compassion when he meets Hester in the jail cell. Hester has been put in jail for being an adulterer. She committed adultery only because her husband left her by herself while he was somewhere else for several years. This is also when Hester, the one he loves, hurts Chillingworth. He tells her “I drew thee into my heart, into it’s innermost chamber, and sought to warm thee by the warmth which thy presence made there!” (69) Chillingworth is telling her how much he loves her and how she used to give him warmth. It is only a result of his love for Hester that he seeks to hurt her; similar to how she hurt him when she sinned. Chillingworth wants Hester to feel pain as he did when he discovered that she had relations with Dimmsdale. Chillingworth becomes such an unhappy person and “a heart full of torture” (153) emerges after seven years of pain and Hester’s adultery. Chillingworth becomes so dismayed and miserable over these years of being consumed by revenge.

Chillingworth shows his corrupted side when he takes advantage of a situation he is in with...
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