AP English 11
The Scarlet Letter: Roger Chillingworth
In the literary classic, The Scarlet Letter, readers follow the story of a Puritan New England colony and the characteristics of that time period. Readers begin to grasp concepts such as repentance and dealing with sin through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s indirect descriptions of these detailed and complex characters by their actions and reactions. The character Roger Chillingworth symbolizes sin itself and deals with internal conflict throughout the course of the story. The narrator describes Chillingworth in a critical attitude to reveal to the reader the significance of repentance and revenge by the use of many literary techniques such as physiognomy, symbolism, and diction.
Nathaniel Hawthorne displays physiognomy--the outward appearance of a character that reflects the character 's persona--in all of the characters in The Scarlet Letter by using the narrator to look inward on the characters thoughts and provide society’s outlook on the characters. From the beginning, Roger Chillingworth’s appearance is “well stricken in years” (60) due to the time he spent abroad at a German medical school during his time in captivity with the Indians for a little over a year; as a result of spending time with the Indians, he is described as having the appearance of a “civilized and savage costume” (51). In this sense, Chillingworth is an unappealing man with older, darker features giving the audience a dull feel for his character. Throughout the story, his appearance changes as a result of stress from focusing on gaining vengeance on Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Although these characters do not recognize the change...
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...wishes to gain forgiveness from Hester Prynne. He could also give Pearl the fortune because he feels sympathy for the poor child; she was the result of a sin therefore he could feel the need to help provide for her despite the child not being his. The author creates this dynamic character that the reader gets to experience the changes and results of the changes through the point of view of different characters in the book.
The classic novel The Scarlet Letter is a book that allows readers to learn the concepts of dealing with repentance and sin. Using many literary techniques such as physiognomy, symbolism, and powerful diction through the story draws the reader in and urges the reader to continue. The narrator’s attitude towards Roger Chillingworth changes a few times throughout the story and changes from a critical attitude to accepting in the end.
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