The Scarlet Letter is a literary work that can be analyzed in a feminist perspective. The author released the character Hester Prynne from prison, “Those who had before known her, and expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was en...
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...gworth is bitter that his wife has not only had an affair but also is with child because of this adultery. His bitterness is compounded by his anger toward the man unwilling to bear witness to his iniquities as well. This fuels Chillingworth into a serpentine character. His presentation to the townspeople as a well learned practitioner of medicine and of good intentions out of nowhere was explained by the authors, “In answer to this query, a rumor gained ground-and however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people – that Heaven had wrought an absolute miracle, by transporting an eminent Doctor of Physic from a German university bodily through the air and setting him down at the door of Mr. Dimmesdale’s study!” (Hawthorne 1996, pg.102) This further enlists Chillingworhth to aid the Reverend Dimmesdale in overcoming whatever ailment that he suffered.
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