Connections of Character and Nature in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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As the story progresses nature becomes more prevalent in the characters and continues to establish certain characteristics for each character. This established connection provides a view into the depths of human nature that each character portrays. One of the strongest connections made is between a black weed, or type of herb, that Roger Chillingworth finds on the graveyard next to the home of Minister Dimmesdale. At the beginning of the story Chillingworth has told Hester that he will seek revenge upon the person that she has committed adultery with. This revenge has caused a change in his demeanor and many of the town’s people have seen this change; therefore, this change is causing them to believe he is the devil or the devil’s helper. After returning from gathering herbs, Minister Dimmesdale asks, “…where, my kind doctor, did you gather those herbs, with such a dark, flabby leaf?” This black weed, with its flabby leaves, establishes the symbol of the change that has happened in Chillingworth. As he seeks revenge on the adulterer he is drawn to a weed that shows the darkness of his intentions. Chillingworth, beginning to suspect Dimmesdale as the adulterer, answers him saying, “They are new to me. I found them growing on a grave, which bore no tombstone, no other memorial of the dead man, save these ugly weeds, that have taken upon themselves to keep him in remembrance.…
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