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The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses several dynamic characters to develop the plot of the novel A dynamic character is a character that changes or evolves through the course of a story Hester Dimmesdale and Chillingworth were all dynamic characters The character that changed the most through the course of the story though was Roger Chillingworth In chapter three we learned that Hesters husband was a learned man of English birth He was calm in temperament kindly and in all his relations with the world a pure and upright man In the town he posed as Roger Chillingworth a physician learned in both the Christian medicines and the medicines from herbs and roots used by the Native Americans of that region He could not be blamed for his interest in his wifes affairs and began his search for knowledge with the severe and equal integrity of a judge desirous only of truth instead of human passions and wrongs inflicted upon himself When Chillingworth discovered that Dimmesdale was his wifes partner in her offense his desire of truth was noticeably warped He began to torture the minister playing upon his conscience and worsening his guilt By chapter 14 Chillingworth had transformed himself into a devil by devoting himself to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture and deriving his enjoyment thence He dug into the poor ministers heart like a miner searching for gold yet all the while he deceived Dimmesdale posing as a kind watchful sympathizing but never intrusive friend Chillingworth realized that he was a mortal man with once a human heart that had become a fiend for his especial torture he had become so evil that he knew he could not turn back By the end of the story Chillingworth was the embodiment of evil itself His leech-like dependency on evil and torture is illustrated by the fact that he died shortly after Dimmesdales death Throughout
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