Chillingworth's Loss Of Innocence In Scarlet Letter

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Chillingworth is a doctor but who is he helping? In the novel, The Scarlett Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the vengeful Chillingworth skillfully and quietly tortures Reverend Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne for their passionate affair. Just as the book states “The intellect of Roger Chillingworth had now a sufficient plain path before it. It was not indeed precisely that which he had laid out for himself to tread.” If this is so, how and why does he end up inflicting the psychological trauma that he does? It appears that Hawthorne infers Chillingworth initially had another plan, a plan that would not ruin Arthur Dimmesdale’s life. The questions is, why Chillingworth chose to torture Hester and Dimmesdale when he could of simply revealed that he is Hester’s husband? He could possibly get pleasure from quietly torturing them. It would be too easy on Dimmesdale and Hester to show his true identity so he chooses this plan. "What evil have I done the man?" asked Roger Chillingworth again. "I tell thee, Hester Prynne, the richest fee that ever physician earned from monarch could not have bought such care as I have wasted on this miserable priest! But for my aid, his life would have burned away in torments, within the first two years after the…show more content…
"If that have not avenged me, I can do no more!" Chillingworth says that the letter was revenge enough for the crime that Hester committed, but she wore it as a badge of pride. This punishment did not wear her down the way that Dimmesdale’s did. While Chillingworth was evil in his last years, he could have done more to punish Hester secretly, but he did not take it to that extreme. Perhaps he did care for her more and he would admit. The revenge of Chillingworth sends a mixed message; although he was cruel in his own way, the situation could have been worse if they were tried and killed or even left to the justice of the town. So which is

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