Comparison of Chillingworth and Captain Ahab The American gothic novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays evil in the character of Roger Chillingworth; he is a fake doctor who is sought on bringing revenge to the person who committed adultery with his wife. Another American gothic novel is Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville. This story shows that Captain Ahab’s revenge on the whale that took his leg can cause more harm than good. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab both portray evil in these great American classics, and both have many similarities on how they show evil to the people around them.
He is much like a leech, hurting others for his own benefit. When Wilson goes to Tom to find out who the owner of the yellow car is, he “told him the truth” knowing very well the deranged state Wilson was in (9). Tom did this because he knew Wilson “was crazy enough to kill [him] if [he] hadn’t told him who owned the car”
The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel that tells the story of Hester Prynne, who commits adultery on her husband, Roger Chillingworth, with the reverend of the town, Arthur Dimmesdale. This causes Chillingworth to allow evil to grow within him. Likewise, in another American gothic novel, Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, the captain of the whaling ship, The Pequod, becomes evil after the whale named Moby Dick bites his leg off. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil characters with many similarities in the way they allow evil to manifest within them. What starts this evil within these two characters is the fact that both of them have a feeling of absence in their manliness after suffering these unfortunate
The Scarlet Letter Symbolism Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the book The Scarlet Letter that took place in the puritan age in the 1800´s, he´s a anti-transcentist who believes deep down humans are messed up and mostly dark and sin, sickness, and evil beings. Hester Prynne, the mother of Pearl and the protagonists of this story, and is forced to wear the scarlet letter ¨A¨ on the dresses for the rest of her life because she committed adultery with Minister Dimmesdale. Hester went through pain, and humility feeling guilty for committing such a sin. Minister Dimmesdale the other sinner who had sex with Hester and kept it to himself keeping the secret from the town, led him to a deadly guilt residing in him and father of Pearl called the ¨Demon child and the…... ¨, In his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale, and Hester to contribute to the overall theme of guilt.
The saddening thing is, that the whole scenario started because Mayella attempted to seduce Tom, and her father found out. Filled with rage, Mr. Ewell beat his daughter, he found it unacceptable that his daughter fancied a black man. Then, he claimed that Tom raped his daughter to cover everything up. There are even cases such as Tom’s happening to this day, such as the case of Miguel Angel Peña Rodriguez Vs. Colorado. The jury was corrupted by bias thoughts which resulted in an unfair trial.
The first example of this is when Kino’s brother says “It is the pearl said Juan Tomas there is a devil in this Pearl”(23). This is said when Kino’s house is burned down because someone wanted the pearl. Another example is right after Kino found the pearl the narrator said “So that he became curiously every man’s enemy”(64). Now Kino has become very unfortunate because if every man wants his pearl people will do anything to get. The third example is at the very end “
John has committed the sin of adultery with Abigail Williams, the reverends niece. The event that lead to the uproar in Salem. At the end of the play John is accused of working with the devil and he either has the choice to confess and live or be hanged. John is about to be set free, all that was left was to sign the paper saying he confessed to Mr. Danforth, the judge of Salem. This letter would be plastered on the court door so the whole town could see.
Boll weevil and war are similar as they are both devastating. Boll weevil causes devastation to the Redmond family by trying to put them on a ship to Boston (102), trying to frame Fortune for Cecil’s death (121), and trying to steal their freedom papers to give them to Cecil (66). These events would have been devastating to the Redmonds because they would loose all their oppourtunities in Boston, Fortune would be in jail for a wrongfully accused crime, and loosing their slave papers means they would be put back into the horrible conditions and life of
Now days, revenge becomes a familiar tool used by people to bring their own justice. In the article "All the Rage", Katie Roiphe (Nov. 29, 1993) showing the world a story of a woman whose name is Lorena Bobbitt who broke all the rules after slicing off her husband 's penis as a result of his cheating on her and raping her. Roiphe (Nov. 29, 1993) mentioned that like this action may happen in the 18th century as the world were surrounded by the idea of "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" and its sides effects on the world. But, as in the 20th century people don 't do that anymore to anyone, for anything. Roiphe (Nov. 29, 1993) did a great presentation about female rage as a symbol of revenge.
This presents her rebellious and reckless acts, committed alongside her husband. Unveiling how the development of Lady Macbeth can be linked to satanic qualities, and Satan himself. An example of which is renown through how he killed his own son because he swore to do so, which presents the connection between the two, when similar Lady Macbeth states “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and bashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this”(Act one scene seven), in which she speaks to Macbeth fiercely about how she would have murdered her own child to possess the role of queen. With
In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, on June 1642, in the Puritan town of Boston, a crowd gathered to witness the punishment of a young woman, Hester Prynne. She has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet A on her dress as a sign of shame. Despite her mistakes, she was a classic independent hero to herself and her daughter. She works through the six stages of a hero journey through strength and perseverance. In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus goes through a hero’s journey just like Hester.
The author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne introduces Hester as a compelling protagonist. Hester is the woman who wears a scarlet letter A on her breast and holds her illicit child in her arms on the scaffold, which is a severe punishment and great humiliation to a woman who is charged with adultery in the Puritan colonies,. However, Hester still has her own dignity and people cannot see any flusters on her face. After the punishment, Hester chooses a optimistic way to make up her mistake. Hester is a sinner, but she is also a positive woman who has powerful inner strength.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is heavily centered on showing diverse ways the Puritan people could face guilt and sin. As the plot develops, the four main characters: Hester Prynne, Pearl, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingsworth, all reach individual climaxes by dealing with the effects of guilt and sin differently. Hester confronts the guilt of adultery head on by flagrantly wearing a scarlet letter on her chest, Pearl deals with guilt and sin by being a living symbol of Hester’s egregious offense, Arthur Dimmesdale confronts the guilt of sin privately which leads to mental instability, and Roger Chillingsworth faces guilt and sin by being consumed by the darkness it causes. There are several climaxes in The Scarlet Letter due to the main characters facing the central conflict, the effects of guilt and sin, in various ways.
In the book “The Scarlet Letter” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is charged with adultery in the Puritan society. The Puritan society saw her as a disgrace. Her punishment would have been death, but no one in the community knew if Hester’s husband is alive or dead. Instead her punishment is to wear a scarlet letter A on her clothing and public humiliation. Hester works through her sin and atonement in the beginning, middle, and end of the book.
The book “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a complex novel that has underlying themes of sin and the responsibility for sin. The novel takes place in a Puritanical society, but two people, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, fornicate with each other, even though Hester is married to someone else. Only Hester is punished, so Dimmesdale keeps his guilt inside, not revealing it to anyone. Hester’s husband, Chillingworth, then proceeds to ruin Hester’s partner in crime, corrupting his soul and being the ultimate cause for his death. Hester, on the other hand, leads a relatively happy life after she had repented for her sin.