By this time Chillingworth’s sin is almost as bad as Dimmesdale’s. Dimmesdale has prepared a sermon for everyone to hear for the New England Holiday. Hester and Pearl stood on the scaffold which after the sermon was over Dimmesdale also ended up. Dimmesdale said “At last- at last!- I stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood, here, with this woman, whose arm, more than a little strength wherewith I have crept hitherward, sustains me at this dreadful moment, from grovelling down upon my face!” (Hawthorne 153).
He is very worried that Hester will out his secret to the townspeople and rev. Dimmsdale. Chillingworth starts to try to find out who Pearl’s father really is and wants to seek revenge on the father. He is getting sketchy about reverend Dimmesdale
Dimmesdale and Chillingworth both have secrets that make them look and act differently, their secrets affect their character and how they do their job. Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl but he doesn 't want to face the same humiliation as Hester did for his sins. Because of his secret he self punishes and fasts, he also preaches better than he did before although his health is failing. Chillingworth’s secret is that he was the husband of Hester while he was away, before she cheated on him. Chillingworth gets uglier and uglier driven by the need to get revenge on Pearl’s father.
Mentally, his guilt strains his mind, which causes his physical deterioration, and the weakening of his body. As Dimmesdale finally admits his sin to the townspeople, his guilt is lifted, and he is able to release himself from his captivity. Though he deteriorated both mind and body from his guilt, by telling the townspeople of his sin, it was as if “a spell was broken” (238). He no longer needed to force himself to hide his sin, which was what was hurting him. By finally dealing with his sin in a similar way to Hester, Dimmesdale was able to free himself of his self-imposed captivity and
Everyone has some sort of goal. Some goals can be achieved within an hour, day, or week. Some however take years to achieve. Although this may seem like a long time many will say that it is definitely worth the wait. Roger Chillingworth, in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, focuses on his main goal for many years. Despite his title as a physician, he is concerned with others well-being. He leeches off of others and is a true representation of evil. His long-term goal is to seek revenge on the person who ruined his marriage with Hester Prynne. His desire for revenge powers his persistence, which at times is on the edge of obsession. Breaking down every barrier in his way, Chillingworth is plotting an evil plan to take that person down from the inside, out. Persistence is defined as a continuous or repeated behavior. Chillingworth is persistent because he does not stop leeching off of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and he continuously finds ways to create pain and suffering for Dimmesdale to endure.
guilt reflected by the letter’s nearness can only be achieved by the will of God, in contrast with Hester’s letter which only reaches her chest. Dimmesdale’s affliction resulting from his guiltiness affirms that the letter’s proximity reflects his guilt. “Gnawed and tortured” while “suffering under bodily disease,” Dimmesdale’s guilt subjects him to a wild and bestial pain (128). This intense suffering stems from “some black trouble of the soul” due to the darkness of his guilt spiritually afflicting him and perpetually agitating his heart. What is bothering him is tied to a spiritual level, expressing the idea that in a way the trouble has darkened his spirit.
Throughout the story Roger Chillingworth is increasing growing into an eviler version of himself. Since his wife cheated in him and had a child with someone else his only reason for living now is to get revenge on the man that hurt him. Therefore, Chillingworth is becoming the devilish version of himself and plays a specific role in the story, he is more degenerate than Hester and her lover, and at the end of the story he tries to redeem himself by leaving Pearl his fortune.
Hester sees Chillingworth near the beach and goes to talk to him. He tells her that the town reverends have considered getting her “A” removed since she is doing well. She says it will come off when she deserves it. She ask him to tell Dimmesdale who he really is. This makes him feel for sure that Dimmesdale is Pearl’s father.
Past and Future In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Roger Chillingworth uses contrasting tones and diction while communicating his view of his past and future with his spouse Hester Prynne. As a secret cuckold in a puritan community, Chillingworth can not go about life with Hester as he did before, nor does he want to. At the same time, he acts understanding of Hester 's adultery and even takes part of the blame, but he insists on having vengeance on her lover.
He finds that Dimmesdale has carved an A in his chest because of the guilt that committing adultery had done to him. Chillingworth
Reverend Dimmesdale suffers psychologically in the novel. Starting off as the epitome of religious guidance, Dimmesdale was the character least expected to be guilty of sin. But a further look into the story, and it is seen that Dimmesdale was guilty of arguably the greatest sin of the time, adultery. The Reverend wishes to admit this sin, but Hester Prynne does not allow him to, and Dimmesdale starts to break down, his sin haunting him, in every sleeping and waking moment. For example, Hester states, while meeting Dimmesdale in the woods, "There was a listlessness in his gait; as if he saw no reason for taking one step further, nor felt any desire to do so, but would have been glad, could he be glad of anything, to fling himself down at the root of the nearest tree, and lie there passive, for
Rumors flew regarding how Dimmesdale got his scarlet letter: he carved it himself out of guilt, Chillingworth’s strong hatred increased its power, and that it was burnt onto him out of regret. All these rumors reflected the pain Dimmesdale got because he only thought of protecting his own reputation at first. Revealing that hiding anything and only to protect personal benefit will destroy one’s spirit and soul. Dimmesdale’s death impacted many characters. Chillingworth had no more sin to feed on and therefore withered; Pearl, found a happy new life in Europe. Hester not only accepted the scarlet letter as a part of her identity, after her death, the meaning of her scarlet letter changed, it now means her union with Dimmesdale. Throughout the
What may a red "A" on your bosom mean? Well for Hester Prynne, it was a punishment that she had and only her had to pay. After having a baby, Pearl, with a man that was not her husband, she was charged with adultery. She carried the punishment to her grave, but not until seven years after Pearl had been born did the father speak out.
As Dimmesdale is dying he looks and Pearl and gives her a kiss. Even though Dimmesdale confesses through his guilt it was long overdue. You can always have more then one identity, but when you hide away in you false mask you are no longer your true
There are many changes in peoples character in the scarlet letter, one of those characters is Arthur Dimmesdale. The sin Dimmesdale committed was great, he slept with a woman who was married. Hester became pregnant and admitted her sin, while Dimmesdale did not. This causes him to have a great deal of stress and guilt come over him. Which he, being a puritan minister makes it worse. so, being to cowardice to admit his sin he punishes his self through self-harm. But his transformation always happens at the scaffold.