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Roger Chillingworth A character sketch by Lindsay Rucker Chillingworth is the old ugly cruel deformed and demented husband of Hester Prynne He is presented as a scholar and physician who has traveled to distant places before deciding to settle in America His lack of sensitivity is shown in his choosing such a young naive and beautiful woman as his bride His lack of chivalry is displayed in his act of sending his young and inexperienced wife ahead of him to a new world leaving her to fend for herself His cruelty is seen when he does not try to contact her in New England for two years It is obvious that a loving relationship has never existed between Hester and Chillingworth Chillingworths cruel and unsympathetic nature is reflected in his choice of a name which he assumed to hide his identity His vengefulness and evil disposition are revealed in his cruel manipulation and torture of Dimmesdale As a merciless dark man Chillingworth seems to be the devil himself whose diabolic designs wreck havoc on the already torn apart Dimmesdale Chillingworth is a vicious man truly a leech as he sucks the lifeblood out his victim Hawthorne clearly indicates that Chillingworths sin of tormenting Dimmesdale is greater than Dimmesdales sin of adultery with his wife In spite of his wickedness both Hester and Dimmesdale forgive him Chillengworth is the pseudonym assumed by Hesters husband He is a well-educated man and becomes the symbol of evil in the story He is consumed with revenge over the wrong he has suffered in losing his wife Basiclly this man is so consumed by his evil that he becomes the villain of the story He is seen throughout the entire novel trying to find out who the father of his wifes child is He is so consumed by this force within him that hes driven to do things that I personally dont think he would of done
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