However, the fact that he did become as hateful as he did proves that there was a level of evil there to begin with, and it just had to be brought out. Chillingworth is without a doubt the most evil of the characters in the book, as the majority of his actions are made out of vengeance and hate. He saw a sin enacted against him, and instead of letting it go, or growing because of it, he lets himself become such an evil person, that it is subtly implied that he is the devil himself. He prevents the happiness of many, and directly leads to a man’s death. The actions of this man are certainly
This aspect of Satan serves as the final stage in a reader’s transition from viewing Satan as the brave leader of a just cause, to viewing him as a lowly coward. Thus, when the character of Satan is traced through its evolution of Paradise Lost, the reason behind the order of development can be seen. Milton’s desire to create a strong hatred of Satan is achieved best by highlighting Satan’s good points first. Then, when Satan’s real character begins to emerge, the reader is appalled at the actions of their “hero”, causing them to dislike him more than had he originally been a bad character. The reader’s distaste for Satan is strengthened by Satan’s shift in motives.
Maybe a wrong was done to him that went unjust, and this story is just his fantasy of getting revenge on that person. Could it be that Poe wrote this story as a kind of statement telling of a scenario of unkempt emotions and tempers? Who knows? The fact remains, whatever the case maybe behind the writing of this story there is no doubt that it is a dark and very disturbing tale.
A fiend!" (p. 158) Hester also says that she pities him, "...for the hatred that has transformed a wise and just man to a fiend." (p. 159) Each of them recognize that Roger's life centered around hatred and revenge have made him like the devil. The symbol working in Roger, living to destroy, shows that tearing down another person causes as much damage to one's own life. Roger is the symbol of a life consumed by desire for revenge.
This quote here explains Rousseau, the pioneer in this line of thought, as it explains how he was created good and well, but all the bad events that happened to him such as being cast out by Felix or being shot after saving a girl had corrupted him and made him evil. This series of events leading to the aforementioned misery made the monster commit
His downfall is not out of depravity or vice but it is out of natural errors in his personality. He will pay for his own flaws. The tragic downfall of our hero is in his real identity as the son of Laius and Jocasta. He will be the killer of his father and the husband of his real mother. As Tressias told him "no man will know worse suffering than you", and then Jocasta called him the "man of agony."
Their sin becomes the only thing these men think about, consuming them to the point that nothing else is important, and eventually takes their lives. For Dimmesdale, his guilty conscience and self-abuse are the causes of his untimely death. For Chillingworth, his obsessive revenge becomes permanently engraved into his being and when the cause for his vengeance dies he dies soon afterward. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth are both wretched sinners with transgressions that have different effects - physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is obvious that both men are affected drastically by their wrongdoings and in the end pay with their lives.
There is speculation throughout the novel of Justice being a figment of Zits imagination. As though he is an evil figment in Zits head. Evoking revenge and hate Zits is met with harsh reality. Justice becomes this figure in his life telling him to act on vengeance from his hatred. Because of this Zits feels justified -no pun intended- to commit atrocity.
He wanted revenge so bad and he could not think about anything else until he got what he was looking for. "A quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now...which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy." (Hawthorne 128) Dimmesdale feels extremely guilty so he punishes himself by going long periods of time without eating or sleeping. He also whips himself on the back causing cuts and bleeding. Dimmesdale is so overcome by his guilt and sin that he tries to hurt himself for everything he has done.
Othello represented these traits through character, Iago, as he reveals his true nature of evil by diminishing people lives and becoming the downfall of many people around him. “Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light” (I, iii, 394-396). Though Iago may not have a purpose of participating in many of his act of evil, he presents it as a self-obsessed driven supremacy. He plots to destroy Othello and to gain dominance by observing each weakness from Othello, and takes advantage of it. He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play.