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Chillingworth is the epitome of a devils pawn One hardly knows whether to call him human no natural person can transform himself from a respected compassionate citizen into an evil mysterious character as quickly as Roger Chillingworth is transfigured Roger Chillingworth proves himself unnatural and devilish on many occasions Roger Chillingworth is first introduced in the scaffold scene The approach Hawthorne takes to enlighten the reader about Chillingworths appearance fits the savage nature that the reader experiences later in the novel Roger Chillingworth is described as suddenly appearing perhaps dropping out of the sky His association with physical deformity savages and power in the beginning of the novel begins to make us aware that his character is not going to be a pleasant one Perhaps it is this first look at his character that relays a sudden evil tone a tone Nathaniel Hawthorne is known to elaborate on in each of his pieces of work As Roger Chillingworth begins to be consumed with vengeance he becomes less of a character and more of a symbol for hatred and devilry Hesters presence with the child on the scaffold causes Roger to question the townspeople about the previous years events When Chillingworth learns that Hester has commit adultery he turns to revenge Nathaniel Hawthorne describes Roger Chillingworths reaction to the news as a sudden physiognomy change - a snake suddenly gliding over Rogers expression Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter New York Oxford University Press 1962 page 62 the relationship between Roger and the serpent is used by Hawthorne to relay to the reader an underlying evil in Roger Chillingworth Indeed Hester Prynnes sin acts as a stimulant to transform Roger from the honest studious physician he is when they get married to an old man bent on revenging his wifes lover This first look at Chillingworth shows us an aspect that could be termed unusual why does Roger choose to take his revenge on Hesters unknown lover
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