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Revenge is the act of retaliating in order to get even with someone for the wrongs they have done In the novel The Scarlet Letter the author Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Roger Chillingworth to reap revenge on Arthur Dimmesdale for his affair with his wife Hester Prynne Chillingworth becomes so devoted to revenge that is all his life revolves around Chillingworth then devotes the rest of his life to taking revenge on Dimmesdale As the novel progressed Chillingworth fits the profile of vengeance destroys the avenger When Roger Chillingworth is first introduced to the reader we see a kind old man who just has planted the seeds for revenge Although he did speak of getting his revenge when Hester first met her husband in her jail cell she did not see any evil in him Because Hester would not tell him who she had slept with Chillingworth vowed that he would spend the rest of his life having his revenge and that he would eventually suck the soul out of the man whom she had the affair with There is a sympathy that will make me conscious of him I shall see him tremble I shall feel myself shudder suddenly and unawares Hawthorne 101 As the novel develops Roger Chillingworth has centered himself on Arthur Dimmesdale but he cannot prove that he is the one Chillingworth has become friends with Dimmesdale because he has a strange disease that needed to be cured Chillingworth suspects something and begins to drill Dimmesdale The disorder is a strange onehath all the operation of this disorder been fairly laid open to me and recounted to me Hawthorne 156 As Chillingworth continues to drill Dimmesdale he strikes a nerve You deal not I take it in medicine for the soul With a frantic gesture he rushed out of the room Hawthorne 157 As Chillingworth continued to harp on Dimmesdale he has become the devil who has found out
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