Sunday, May 27, 2007


The symbolism Chillingworth possesses holds meanings that are very powerful. First, both his attitude, and the result of his revenge describe the effects of one’s vengeance. Not only did he slowly decompose the life of Reverend Dimmesdale, but after the death, he lost reason for living, and died also. Now, at the beginning of the book, certain empathy can be felt with Chillingworth. Many can relate to having a spouse or friend who has wronged the other through lying, cheating, and/or evil or sins. Every day, you may hear about a person who has committed adultery, breaking apart a family or causing others grief. A reader will understand the need for revenge when something of this nature occurs, and will at first side with Chillingworth. Yet, as the book progresses, his side of evil is shown through his actions, thoughts, looks, and feelings. Chillingworth appears as a character, brought into a ‘destined for perfection’ society, as the sinful tempter of the colony. One, who’s vengeful tactics led to the deaths of two men, and who’s sinister plan changed the aspects of a society. Although he was originally the only character without a problem or a sin, he became the one who performed the worst sins of all

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