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Justice Explored at Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Essay

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Justice Explored at The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne created motifs from The Scarlet Letter equally as important as the obvious ideas pertaining to sin and Puritan society. Roger Chillingworth is a personality through which one of those themes resonates, and a character that is often underplayed in investigation. His weakness and course of destruction of others and himself are summed up in one of Chillingworth's final paragraphs in the publication, to Arthur Dimmesdale: "Hadst thou sought the entire earth over... there were not any place so secret, no high place nor lowly place, where thou couldst have escaped me, save on this very scaffold!" (171). This powerful line from Chillingworth holds three meanings. First, Dimmesdale can help save himself only through confession in public. Secondly, it shows the true sin and suffering in Chillingworth himself. In this aspect, the line is equally as important in reiterating the illness in Chillingworth as it is in demonstrating the torment in Dimmesdale. Ultimately, this statement creates a parallel between Chillingworth's notion of justice as well as the Puritans'. The theme Hawthorne builds up in Chillingworth is not simply his distress and pain. It is a more important representation of the weakness in the values of these people in Puritan times, and also the way their perseverance for "justice" skewed their perspectives on life and forgiveness. Because of his mindset, Chillingworth torments himself with his own objective to destroy Dimmesdale just as far as Dimmesdale tortures himself for their seven decades together. Chillingworth is destroying his own life and does not recognize it, because he no more sees the importance of life as he attempts to ruin you. The first foreshadowing we see of Chillingworth's obsession starts...

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