Chillingworth is a leech in both senses of the word: He is a doctor, and he is a parasite. Dimmesdale, in short, offers up to his observant companion a literal body of evidence, a set of physiological and affective traces of actions past. Fanshawe and Other Pieces, Dimmesdale, by preventing the Boston authorities from taking Pearl away from her, saves Hester from the damning temptation to hate and seek revenge on the community.
It is the Black Man's mark, and the first plaything of the infant Pearl.
The Life of Franklin Pierce, These events, however, do not simply exploit history for background material; rather, they test our understanding of that past history and attempt to resurrect from dry facts a living picture of the past in all its moral complexity.
Overall, the forest serves Hawthorne as a symbol for a place of license, where the constraints of the city and community may be thrown off, where sin may take place unpunished, where She is standing not only in the presence of the crowd but before the governor of the colony and its chief religious authorities as well, all of whom are deficient in mustering or offering sympathy.
Press, For her character would then be formed, and the evil which came to her by inheritance would so have tinged and moulded her natural traits that we should inevitably draw in the poison and the perfume at a single breath, — ascribe to evil the charm which derives from good, and pollute good with the lurid hues of evil.
In some cases, foreign language text has been removed from the original essay. But Dimmesdale's social position, as well as his personal character, seems to raise him above the possibility of such a lapse. Even the demonic Roger Chillingworth, an amalgam of the vindictive cuckold and evil pseudoscientist, has a retributive function absent from similar devil figures in popular fiction.
It is clear that this lasting secret not only stands between Hester and Pearl but is poised to grow and thrust them further and further apart. In the wild, free air of that new world her spirits kindled, and many unsuspected tendencies of her impulsive and passionate nature were revealed to her.
A soul is in it; it is conceived on the spiritual plane. The binding of the alphabetical character to the bodies of Hester, Pearl, and Arthur requires varying degrees of bodily conformation or distortion and the infliction of various kinds and degrees of pain; this binding and conformation constitutes their alphabetization.
By rejecting all brutal and obvious methods he gains entrance into a much more sensitive region of torture. Then there is a flash of light in the sky—a meteor but, to Dimmesdale, it seems as though a gigantic red A appears directly overhead.