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Consequences In Scarlet Letter

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Every single happening in the universe always will inevitable create a resulting effect. Characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter face the repercussions of their own activity continually throughout the novel. Many of those within the novel either dig themselves into a pit of unrelenting punishment or elevate themselves to new heights of contentment all from the original activity taken place. The answer one gives towards the hardest to face ramifications defines him or her profoundly. In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, consequences follow all actions as revelation the human spirit pushes characters to transform, either evil or honorable, themselves towards the direction of their inclination. Actions of all individuals have…show more content…
After the death of Dimmesdale, Chillingworth loses all purpose he has to his life in the interest of exacting revenge upon Dimmesdale. Within a year, “All his strength and energy—all his vital and intellectual force—seemed at once to desert him; insomuch that he positively withered up, shrivelled away, and almost vanished from mortal sight, like an uprooted weed that lies wilting in the sun” (213). Vindictive people, who dedicate their lives to the destruction of others, often latch onto that revenge and rely on it as their only resource of any joy they can muster. This teaching creates an unhealthy pattern of banking on others to deliver their happiness to them, and putting a stop to the inveterate mindset of revenge proves to be a difficult habit to break. When the first initial stemming of the animosity Chillingworth has for Dimmesdale branches out, the physician’s true colors reveal all insidious intentions he carries in his conscience: “Had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of his ecstasy, he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself when a precious human soul is lost to heaven, and won into his kingdom” (126). Mankind sees justice and fair punishment as an equal way to repay the suffering endured, but in the process man can turn malicious and lose sight of the boundary…show more content…
The hidden aftermath of all people’s stays unforeseen until it has taken full effect. How people react to their consequences will either benefit or disadvantage them and their future. The overall handling of their consequences takes a toll on all individuals having large effects on the mind and body. All that applies to life are effects that branch from one single root cause, but there is no predestined path paved for any
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