Roger Chillingworth's Quest For Revenge

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#5 Adam Wreath (20) Organization Mr. Kratz, p. 1 (20) Specific details English 11, 6.0 (20) Analysis of Details 21 November 2011 (20) Blending and Explication of Quotes (20) Mechanics The Sweetest Poison Revenge is often called bittersweet because of its positive and negative effects. This concept applies directly to Roger Chillingworth while he seeks revenge against Arthur Dimmesdale. Roger Chillingworth is a main character in Nathanial Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, set in Boston in the 17th century. Chillingworth seeks revenge against Arthur Dimmesdale who is the lover of his passionate wife, Hester. Chillingworth’s physical and mental state changes as the story progresses from his choice to seek revenge, to the methods he uses to achieve his goals, to the end result of Chillingworth’s plans. Chillingworth yearns to achieve vengeance against Dimmsedale because this man had an affair with his young, beautiful wife Hester Prynne. When Chillingworth arrives in Boston, he is outraged to find his wife “Hester Prynne, standing up, a statue of ignominy, before the people” because she had a child out of wedlock (Hawthorne 69). Chillingworth, formerly a scholar of great intelligence in Europe, is angry at himself for letting this occur. He realizes how foolish it was to let a beautiful young woman come to America and simply hope she remains faithful. Chillingworth shows no anger towards Hester because he blames some of it on himself. Despite this, Chillingworth chooses to channel his anger towards Hester’s lover whose identity is yet to be known. Immediately after speaking to Hester, he demands her to announce the identity of Hester’s lover. He claims he will search for him as “[he] [has] sought gold in alchemy” (70). It is clear that after Chillingworth becomes aware of Hester’s affair; his mind is

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