Chillingworth Essays

  • The Character of Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter

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    The Character of Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter Old Mr. Prynne began his new life in the town of Boston as the Physician Roger Chillingworth. The moment he arrived, the town deemed him intelligent and mild mannered; he always seemed pleasant although a little odd. Throughout the seven years he remained in Boston, his character changed so dramatically from admirable to evil that even those who did not know him personally seemed to notice an evil nature deep within his soul trying to break

  • Chillingworth is the Greatest Sinner in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    Chillingworth is the Greatest Sinner in The Scarlet Letter The world of Puritan New England, like the world of today, was filled with many evil influences. Many people were able to withstand temptation, but some fell victim to the dark side. Such offences against God, in thought, word, deed, desire or neglect, are what we define as sin (Gerber 14). In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the reader is able to observe how one sin devastates three lives. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth

  • Arthur Dimmesdale vs Roger Chillingworth

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    Dimmesdale and Chillingworth Characterization is a literary element used by the author to present qualities of characters in a literary piece, the purpose of characterization is to make characters credible and make them suitable for the role they play in the work. Authors present various characters possessing dissimilar qualities, to emphasize different aspects of the work. In the novel “The Scarlet Letter”, the author Nathaneil Hawthorn’s depiction of the two male characters, Arthur Dimmesdale

  • Chillingworth as Hero of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter?

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    Chillingworth as Hero of The Scarlet Letter? The Scarlet Letter is a story about human reaction to circumstances and the justification behind these actions.  Each of the central characters in the novel represents a side of an extremely serious situation, adultery.  Each of the characters has a certain amount of justification behind their actions and each searches for a way to rise out of his/her condition. Roger Chillingworth himself represents revenge.  Some even believe him to be representative

  • Sins of Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter

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    The Sins of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into a demon. Hester Prynne’s sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished

  • The Sin of Hypocrisy in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    the affair with; and Chillingworth, the estranged husband of Hester who is out for revenge.  The Scarlet Letter examines the interaction of these characters and the reaction of these characters to Hester's sin.  However, the greater sin that Hawthorne deals with in The Scarlet Letter is hypocrisy.  Hypocrisy is the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess.  All three main characters, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, commit the sin of hypocrisy

  • Scarlet Letter/ Syntax & Imagery

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    exactly how Chillingworth reacts when he first sees Hester. Within the passage on page sixty-seven Hawthorne is giving an intricate description of Chillingworth’s reaction when he first sees Hester after she is released from prison. With his usage of both syntax and imagery throughout this passage, he most effectively illustrates his vision of Chillingworth. Hawthorne gives us quite a bit of description within this passage, which allows us to see an intellectual side of Chillingworth. Generally people

  • Scarlet Letter

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    device is characterization. The way the main characters are described by Hawthorne sets up how they will be perceived. It is through this that we see the first inklings of biblical figures. Biblical characters are seen in Pearl, Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and the Puritan people. The first is that Hester has many traits in common with the Virgin Mary. Both are originally shunned by society, but later accepted. Although Hester has sinned, within her the reader sees a character who is very loving

  • The Power of Secrets in The Scarlet Letter

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    promote oneself to a higher level, or to hide one's past, has been a common occurrence. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Chillingworth and Dimmesdale both use deception to hide secrets  from each other, and from the rest of the town. Hester Prynne is the only one who knows the secrets that Dimmesdale and Chillingworth are hiding from the townsfolk.  Hester has to control her desire  to tell the truth and practices the art of deception  to hide these secrets.  

  • Roger Chillingworth: The Tiping Development Of Chillingworth

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    “The Chilling Development of Chillingworth” Obsession and hatred are such corrupt concepts that if one lets it consume them, it can make them inhuman. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the character Roger Chillingworth is a walking symbol for how allowing revenge to become an obsession can change you into something horrible. As the story progresses, Chillingworth changes into a monster as his need for revenge and hatred grows stronger, causing him to sin by endlessly

  • Dimmesdale And Chillingworth

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    the idea of being “multi-faced” through two major characters, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. The inevitable downfall of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth demonstrates the necessity of truth, how one will inevitably drown in their own lies. The

  • Chillingworth as Faust

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    In the article “Chillingworth as Faust and Mephistopheles”¸ by William Bysshe Stein, the argument is made that Roger Chillingworth, of The Scarlet Letter, transforms from a Puritan Faust into the devil Mephistopheles because of his plot for revenge. This article gives strong parallels between Chillingworth and Faust, however falls short when connecting the latter to Mephistopheles. After dissecting the article, the conclusion can be drawn that Chillingworth is the Puritan Faust and remains so throughout

  • Chillingworth: Friend or Fiend? Chillingworth: Friend or Fiend?

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    Chillingworth: Friend or Fiend? Some people, seek vengeance when they suffer a wrong. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the character Roger Chillingworth is no exception, but the burden of his revenge becomes so heavy that it leads to a transformation of character that is unprecedented. Though at first a humble physician, Roger Chillingworth, slowly, through acts of his seeking revenge on his wife’s lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, he transforms into a parasitic leech

  • Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter

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    years, Roger Chillingworth changes from a calm, scholarly, and kind person to an evil, corrupt, and satanic being. Roger Chillingworth's life in England with Hester was happy. He studied alchemy, and was scholarly and well learned. Although Hester and Chillingworth did not share love, they were happy together. "…he used to emerge at eventide from the seclusion of his study and sit down in the firelight of their home, and in the light of her nuptial smile." (N. Hawthorne 172) Chillingworth needed Hester's

  • Essay on The Greater Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Roger Chillingworth committed the greatest sin because he let himself be ruled by hatred and the consuming desire for vengeance.  The overpowering vengeance and hatred felt by Chillingworth caused his life to be centered on demeaning Dimmesdale and tormenting him until the end of time.  Both Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale committed sins for which they were deeply remorseful, Roger Chillingworth, however, committed the greater sin because

  • Justice Explored in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    Justice Explored in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne created themes in The Scarlet Letter just as significant as the obvious ideas pertaining to sin and Puritan society. Roger Chillingworth is a character through which one of these themes resonates, and a character that is often underplayed in analysis. His weakness and path of destruction of himself and others are summed up in one of Chillingworth's last sentences in the novel, to Arthur Dimmesdale: "Hadst thou sought the whole earth over

  • scarlet letter summary

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    Roger Chillingworth, her husband, and Arthur Dimmesdale, her minister and the father of her child. Her husband is an old, misshapen man who Hester married while still in Europe. Chillingworth sends her ahead of him to New England, and then does not follow her or correspond with her for two years. Ironically, he shows up on the day that Hester is publicly punished for her sin of adultery. It is the first of the three scaffold scenes. Hester stands alone, clutching her infant. Chillingworth and Dimmesdale

  • Sin In The Scarlet Letter

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    shamed in public because their sin is displayed openly. Since these sins are all different, the consequences and the significance may also vary in importance. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth sins and all of the wrongdoings vary in significance. The story develops when Hester Prynne commits the sin of adultery. Even though Hester's mistake was driven by innocent passion for Dimmesdale, the puritans took this seriously. By wearing the

  • The Use of Mirrors in The Scarlet Letter

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    O'Neill, "a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors." In other words, one can fool himself, but a mirror reflects only the truth. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, mirrors are used as a literary device to convey a message. Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, Hester, and Pearl each judge themselves with mirrors.  Through the use of mirrors, The Scarlet Letter provides an insight into the faults, or lack thereof, of the four main characters. Arthur Dimmesdale's mirror acts as a window into his sin-obsessed

  • Free College Essays - The Greatest Sinner in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    The Scarlet Letter - Chillingworth and the Greatest Sin When asked to describe Roger Chillingworth, peers say he was an upstanding, respectful, concerned citizen. They would have been right, but he didn’t let anyone know just how much he cared. With the loss of Hester, he became filled with anger and jealousy and eventually let his emotions overtake him. At the close of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the malevolent state of Roger Chillingworth’s heart made him the guiltiest. Throughout