A Selfish and Lazy Society: The Scarlett Letter Essay

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If you have the choice between the easy and the hard route which will you take? What if the hard route will be better for your future or if the easy route causes future suffering? In society people normally do whatever is in their best interest or choose the easiest option instead of taking the harder route which might have better results. This is shown in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale takes the easy way out and does not tell the community that he is the one that committed adultery with Hester Prynne, which led to more pain than he saved. Him and Hester Prynne committed adultery together and as a result of that, they have a…show more content…
He finds out it was Dimmesdale and then set out to torture him. “[Chillingworth] never set him free again until he has done all it’s bidding. He now dug into the poor clergyman’s heart” (Hawthorne 117). Hester tells Chillingworth to stop, but Chillingworth does not. He wants to get revenge on Dimmesdale. Because of this revenge, he loses Hester forever. Chillingworth tortures him in his own best interest. He is selfish. He wants Hester, even though Hester no longer loves him. Even after he has the chance to learn his lesson, Chillingworth still acts in his own interest. He learns that Dimmesdale and Hester are going to leave on a boat, and he books a ticket on the same boat, causing more problems for Hester and Dimmesdale. Chillingworth wants only what was in his own best interest, not what is better for others. Today in society people take the easiest route that benefits them the most. They do not try to take the harder route that may help them more in the long run, nor do they think of others when they make their decisions. Hawthorne shows this in The Scarlet Letter with Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. These two characters both embody these traits. Sometimes taking the harder route and thinking about the benefits of others will be more beneficial for yourself in the end. Next time you’re in a situation, think about your decision. It might be more worthwhile to take the harder route, than the easy and selfish

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