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Roger chillingworth in the scarlet letter

The changes Roger Chillingworth undergoes in The Scarlet Letter
A harmless elderly man keen on helping a minister with his mental and physical
problems, changes in a heartbeat to hatred and tormenting revenge. Many people who
have read The Scarlet Letter can most likely guess instantly that the man being talked
about is Roger Chillingworth. Some may even be able to go into detail about what type of
changes he goes through in the story, including his physical appearance ; the types of
things he says ; what his motivation really is ; what other characters say about him ; and
even what Hawthorne himself says. This explains Roger Chillingworth's transformation
from a kind physician into a vengeful demon.
Roger’s physical appearance gives the reader a very good understanding what he’s
thinking and what he is intent on doing. To begin with, his small, frail body gives an idea
of his age, and how “weak ” he may be, yet he has an aura of intelligence surrounding him
that takes away the elderly feeling and adds a wise one. This is brought out within his
face, which, as I said before, surprisingly, doesn’t make him look too old. And even
though his features denote intelligence, they can scald and burn through what or
whomever he wishes. Yet, by the end of the story,he seems to change all of his past
expression and intelligence. He keeps a bit of an intellectual facade, but focuses his entire
person into a demonic being. Roger uses his searing looks and words into a weapon of
destruction… destruction of the soul, but, because he has focused ALL of his energy into
becoming a “leech”, he has to have Dimmesdale to torment, or he has no reason to exist.
That is why, after Dimmesdale dies on the scaffold, Roger Chillingworth shrivels into
Two things that Chillingworth did and said reveal how good a soul he had in the
beginning, and how horrid he was in the end. ”

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