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The Scarlet Letter Essay - Samuel Castrejon Period 0 The...

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Samuel Castrejon Period 0 9/28/11 The Perfect Puritan Society Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is symbolic enriched novel that focuses on the Puritan society in sixteenth century New England. The government and the society in New England are molded by the religious beliefs found in the bible, and the Puritan’s beliefs were forcibly implemented to maintain a functioning society. The novel is centered around Hester Prynne’s adulterous act which calls for the up most extreme punishment in her society, but instead she is forced to bear a scarlet A for the rest of her life. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, focuses on uncovering the identity of Hester’s partner by torturing the suspected Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester’s lover minister, and father to her child. In the Scarlet Letter , each character played a pivotal role in how smoothly their society functioned; their society required an evil figure in the form of a leech, an unconventional beautiful seamstress, a troubled young minister, and an unpredictable child that served as a contrast to her society. Roger Chillingworth fits the role as a leech in both interpretations of the word, the term leech is in referring to physicians, and also as someone who sucks the life out of someone else. Chillingworth seeks revenge against Dimmesdale for he believes that Dimmesdale is the partner of Hester. He spends countless amounts of energy trying to reveal Dimmesdale’s sin and in the process Chillingworth transforms into an evil being, while sucking the life out of Dimmesdale. While preparing medicine for Dimmesdale, the question over a strange weed comes into the conversation and Chillingworth answers “They grew out of his heart, and typify, it may be, some hideous secret that was buried with him, and which he had done better to confess during his
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lifetime” (123). Chillingworth’s role in society is exemplified when he spends his earlier days in Boston trying to cure Dimmesdale. Chillingworth shows both the definitions of the word leech, he is making medicine from roots, which fulfills his role as a physician, earlier referred to as a leech. The author definitions is also fulfilled when he speaks of the roots, he is trying to suck out the truth from Dimmesdale by speaking of the darkness of his secret to try to torture him with guilt and pain. His role as an evil leech and parasite is symbolized here as well by leeching off Dimmesdale pain, he continues to attempt to reveal Dimmesdale secret by destroying him from within his heart. Chillingworth deteriorating appearance is put into play by Hester’s observation
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