Sin that is evil is shown to overtake a person’s soul to the point where they have no awareness of their self. In The Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth is so obsessed with vengeance that “Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician’s eyes, burning blue and ominous” portraying that the spirit of vengeance over takes his soul (Hawthorne 193). In Lord of the Flies, the absence of order causes the Hunters, especially Jack, to be ruthless and be motivated by power. They all of a sudden forget about being rescued and have a desire to kill. During Simon’s death, “the chant lost its first superficial excitement and began to beat like a steady pulse” illustrating that they have become so vicious that they lose their awareness of their environment, and the killing becomes second nature for them.
This is largely a study in human terror experienced on two levels, both depressing to observe. First, there is the narrator, the maniac, driven by his compulsive hatred of the “evil eye” to kill a man he says he loved. He is a case study in madness, tormented by that satanic eye that he simply must destroy. His madness is quite convincing and profoundly disturbing because it seems so capricious and meaningless. Indeed, seldom has the mystery and the horror of mental illness been so vividly portrayed.
This revelation solves Chillgworth's suspicions about who Hester committed her sin with, thus, his need for revenge increases. Dimmesdale is also affected by the scarlet letter. He too is guilt of adultery since he committed the act with Hester. Because he did not admit his part, he tortured himself mentally and physically. He whips himself with scourges and has vigils that include visions of Hester, Pearl, and the scarlet letter.
Similarly, Hawthorne uses symbolism of sin in The Scarlet Letter and “The Minister’s Black Veil” to display the negative effects of guilt and sin. Hawthorne uses symbolism in The Scarlet Letter to convey a deeper meaning about the sins the characters have committed. Symbols such as the ‘A’ Hester Prynne is forced to wear on her chest, and the mysterious mark on Dimmesdale’s chest are used to represent the sins the characters committed. When the Puritans of Hester’s community look at her, all they see is sin due to the red letter on her chest. Hawthorne describes this scene as, “Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be
Chillingworth and Dimmesdale committed two completely different sins. One major difference between the sins was that Chillingworth’s sin was directed to hurt and pain another person. Dimmesdale simply committed adultery out of passion and love for another. Dimmesdale also felt an immense amount of guilt and pain for the sin he did. Chillingworth felt no guilt for what he was doing to Dimmesdale and sinned time after time again, eventually leading Dimmesdale to kill himself.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells not only the story of Hester Prynne’s sin, but also shows wickedness behind Roger Chillingworth’s and Arthur Dimmesdale’s public appearances. In The Scarlet Letter, the two men who both have feelings for Hester clash with each other and even themselves. Throughout the novel, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale have a rather dark and twisted relationship. Although the pair start off as friends somewhat and do try to at least be respectful to one another, neither can shake off the bad vibes they are sensing from each other. This leads to Chillingworth’s outright questioning of Dimmesdale’s sins and secrets, and Dimmesdale’s growing curiosity of Chillingworth’s true identity.
The Truth About the Sinner In D.H. Lawrence’s essay “On the Scarlet Letter,” Lawrence discusses how he believes that Hester Prynne, the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, is evil and her sin of committing adultery is the cause of the novel’s problem. He states that Hester causes many problems in the novel by seducing Arthur Dimmesdale and bringing his whole life down. D.H. Lawrence achieves his purpose of showing Hester as evil and the source of the problem by using passionate hyperboles to exaggerate her sin, exuberant syntax to repeat himself, and a sarcastic tone to emphasize how evil she is. Lawrence uses passionate hyperboles to exaggerate Hester’s sin in the novel in order to show his audience that she is evil for committing the sin of adultery and taking down her lover, Dimmesdale. In his essay, Lawrence states that Hester is a “demon” and that “a man must be pure, just that you can seduce him to fall.” He is explicitly calling Hester a demon because of how
John Proctor also says, “you know in all of your blacken hearts that this be fraud...we will burn together.” By saying “we will burn together,” John is creating an image of darkness and fire for the reader. Mary Warren says, “he wakes me every night, his eyes like coals to sign the book of the Devil.” Mary Warren saying that shows Proctor having a cold, hard, devil like eyes. Danforth says, “we burn a hot fire here, it melts down all concealment.” The Crucible is considered as a Melting Pot. Danforth statement is ironic since they continue to condemn innocent people. What imagery is presented to the readers in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter is unsatisfied by Hester’s punishments. His ability to mentally create a better revenge “than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy” shows his terrible intentions as well as his evil nature (Hawthorne 11.1). Both examples show how revenge has changed their views on others as well as how others view