Scarlet Letter Mind Map #3- Ch. 10 (Character Development (Chillingworth…
Scarlet Letter Mind Map #3- Ch. 10
Is tormented by the conflict of whether or not to confess about Hester and Pearl or not.
Eventually he tells the town, and the entire town, of course didn't like hearing that, but of course, went on following him, calling him humble and everything.
This really points out the societal pressures/ the lack of equality among man and woman.
Becomes suspicious that Chillingworth is not who he claims to be
Dimmesdale means to confess, but he trusts no one- his paranoia on who he can tell about his sin drives him crazy, adding complexity to his character and depth in fear that the reader can relate to empathetically.
The fact that Hawthorne depicts Chillington as becoming an older, worn down citizen, expresses how much of a toll being filed of revenge and whatnot can affect your mental and physical health.
His revenge has lead him to the Devils doorstep. His physical appearance parallels his mentality- that he has turned evil and dark
Let evil in his soul in order complete his revenge- to torment Dimmesdale
A man who sold his soul for revenge, now lives his life, looking for the next thing to conduct his revenge.
Questions whether or not Dimmesdale was involved with Hester or not
Chillingworth is a vile man, at the moment. His character has become vile and deceiving.
When describing the laughter of Pearl, and motherly love Hester displays toward her, it identifies Pearl as a functioning human being, but then conflicts itself by saying that she really did not enjoy others/ their company
pg. 216 "But what distinguished the physician's ecstasy from Satan's was the trait of wonder in it.
Chillingworth has issues determining his own pleasure from the work of the devil, implying that he feels like he is the devil. During this moment, though, it expresses how Chillingworth was not the same as the devil- he was his own breed of evil.
I say that Chillingworth's sin is the sin of sloth
Themes and motifs
Devil/ God (Heaven/Hell)
Chillingworth and Pear do a fantastic job of bring the devil up in the novel, as they are both constantly compared to him. Heaven and hell are basically the same concept- that good people go to heaven and vice versa go to hell,The chapter focuses mainly on Chillington's new satanic characteristics, proving his character as the antagonist in the novel- as well as the actual devil himself.
pg. 216 (Yet again)
Hester's suffering is that of watching the man you love suffer. The worst type of suffering is when there is nothing you can do to help- you just need to put your trust into others.
The most suffering present is that of Hester's and of Dimmesdale's. Dimmesdale has recently been a giant pit of spiraling depression, and completely hates himself as a person, and feels that he needs to pay penance for it