The Fall Of Chillingworth Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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“Had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of his ecstasy, he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself when a precious human soul is lost to heaven and won into his kingdom.” (135) With his victim now certain, he changed his purpose in life from searching to revenge. He attempts to get Dimsdale to confess to him, but Dimsdale refuses. Chillingworth has now committed the unpardonable sin of going so far into someone’s soul that he had control over him. “Calm, gentle, passionless as he appeared, there was?a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now,?which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy.” (136) Chillingworth’s revenge has begun, and he was released his malice only

contributing to his evil. Seven years after Chillingworth’s first arrival he is more changed. Physically, he has aged well, and is still alert. Slowly, over this time he has transformed himself into a type of devil. He is no longer calm, quiet, or intellectual looking. Instead he appears fierce and eager. “This unhappy person had effected such a transformation by devoting himself, for seven years, to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture.” (166) Hester meets with Chillingworth to ask to reveal his true identity to Dimsdale. While Chillingworth is reciting his plans for revenge on Dimsdale he is overcome with the level of evil he has discovered in himself. “A mortal man, with once a human heart, has become a fiend for his especial torment!” For the first time

Chillingworth is able to see himself for the devil he is truly becoming; nevertheless, he continues with his fiendish torture. Over seven years, Chillingworth changes greatly. Chillingworth’s final state of change occurs at the confession of Dimsdale’s sin. “The real agony of sin, as Chillingworth perceived, lies not in its commission?nor in its punishment,?but in the dread of its disco. The revenge which he plans, therefore, depends above all things upon keeping his victim’s secret.” (J. Hawthorne) After Dimsdale revealed his sin, he died of weakness that had been long accumulating. Chillingworth now found himself lost in life. Without a reason to live, Chillingworth died within a year of Dimsdale’s death. This only proves that his soul revolving around evil could

produce no good. The original calm, studious, kind picture of Chillingworth is much different than the one of fierceness and corruption. “The Puritan System was selfish and brutal, merely; Chillingworth’s was satanically malignant; but both alike are impotent to do anything but inflame the evils they pretend to assuage.” (J. Hawthorne)