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Given the use of physiognomy in literature, what is Hawthorne suggesting by...

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emilydellamorte | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM via web

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Given the use of physiognomy in literature, what is Hawthorne suggesting by Chillingworth's aged, deformed appearance?

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hello-enotes | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Trolololololol Derp. Da cow go quack.

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makenziefaith | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM (Answer #2)

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^This guy. Grow up!

 

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StephanieRR | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM (Answer #3)

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Chillingworth's decrepit appearance points to his malignant nature. He spends the entire novel first hunting for Hester's lover and then secretly working to increase Dimmsdale's agony. Rather than admit to being Hester's husband, denouncing her, and seeking justice that is his right, he chooses to pretend to be a concerned and trustworthy physician to Dimmsdale in order to watch him squirm. His ugly outside matches his vengeful nature and marks him as a villain of the book.

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