Chillingworth’s story begins when he arrives at Boston and witnesses his wife for the first time in two years in public display upon the scaffold. He questions a man about his wife and finds out that he has been wronged by Hester. He is told that she now wears the letter due to carrying out an act of sin. From that moment Chillingworth character becomes darker and intent upon revenge. However, an interesting fact is his revenge was never pointed at Hester: “We have wronged each other; mine was the first wrong, when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay. Therefore as a man who has not thought and philosophized in vain, I seek no ...
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...om mortal sight, like an uprooted weed that lies wilting into the sun.” (“Scarlet Letter: Page 1471-1472”)
Chillingworth’s evil that kept him alive throughout the story, ended up being the final cause of his death. Chillingworth’s entire being was devoted to the “pursuit and systematic exercise of revenge” and once his revenge was complete, the evil that drove Chillingworth left him as an “unhumanized mortal” that did nothing but exist (“Scarlet Letter: Page 1472”). So it can be said the evil Chillingworth possessed eventually turned inside him itself and not only destroyed the one it was pointed at, but also the one who did the pointing.
Baym, Nina, editor. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 6th edition. Volume B. New York: Norton, 2003; Print
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1850; Inside Norton
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