Essay about Character Analysis of Roger Chillingworth

655 Words Mar 18th, 2007 3 Pages
Character Analysis of Roger Chillingworth

By

Robert J. Boudreaux

English 3

Mrs. Overley

February 14, 2007

Outline

Thesis Statement: Knowing Roger Chillingworth's background, his role in the book as a

symbol, and his obsession of torturing Dimmsdale are all important when analyzing his

character.

I. Chillingworth's background
A. Married to Hester Prynne
B. Sends Hester to Boston
II. Chillingworth as a symbol
A. Symbolized as the devil
B. Once a thoughtful man
III. Chillingworth's torturing Dimmsdale
A. Is obsessed
B. Tortures Dimmsdale
C. He is at first thought by Dimmsdale to help him

Knowing Roger Chillingworth's background, his role in the book as a symbol, and his obsession of torturing
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Puritanism that lurks beneath the public piety (91). Chillingworth is symbolized as the devil. From the very beginning of the novel, it can be learned that Chillingworth seeks reveng we on whoever committed adultery with his wife. Hawthorne proves this when Chillingworth says, "It irks me nevertheless, that the partner of her inequity should not, at least, stand on the scaffold by her side. But he will be known!-he will be known!-he will be known!" (43). Van Kirk realizes that when Chillingworth arrives in the colony and learns of Hester's situation, he leaves her alone nearly seven years as he singlemindedly pursues Dimmsdale. She also notices that once Chillingworth decides to pursue Hester's lover and enact revenge, he pusues this pupose with the techniques and motives of a scientist. Moving in with Dimmsdale he pokes and prods. She puts things in a different perspective when she says, "As a scientific investigator, he cold-heartedly and intellectually pursues his lab specimen. To Analyze the character of Roger