Compare And Contrast Scarlet Letter And Captain Ahab

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In the American gothic novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne has created the evil character, Roger Chillingworth, who is out for revenge when a young minister commits adultery with his wife. In another American gothic novel, Moby Dick, Herman Melville has also created an evil character, Captain Ahab, who hunts for a whale that took his leg at sea. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil characters with many similarities. One similarity they share is that they both lose their humanity as the story progresses. Chillingworth loses his humanity when he starts to inspect Dimmesdale’s body at night. He finds that Dimmesdale has carved an A in his chest because of the guilt that committing adultery had done to him. Chillingworth…show more content…
Chillingsworth is obsessed with Dimmesdale for committing adultery with his wife. He moves into Dimmesdale’s house with him to make sure his health keeps declining. Captain Ahab is obsessed with Moby Dick for biting his leg off, causing him to rely on a wooden leg to be the replacement of his missing limb. He and a few others even start to see hallucinations of Moby Dick taunting them while they are fighting the storm because they are so obsessed with finding him, but the rest of the crew doesn’t see him. The final similarity they share is that they both want death for the revenge of their enemy. Chillingworth wants his revenge on Dimmesdale to be death because he gives him remedies that keep him sick and kill him slowly while making sure he still feels guilty. . At the ending of the story, Chillingworth finally gets his wish when Dimmesdale collapses on the pedestal, confessing his sins to the whole town about committing adultery with Hester Prynne. Captain Ahab wants revenge on Moby Dick to be death as well. He is always on the look out for He nails a piece of Spanish gold to a post as a reward for the one who kills Moby Dick. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil character and have many similarities. They both lose their humanity, they both are obsessed with their enemy, and they both want death for their
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