How does Roger Chillingworth, as a villain, enhance the meaning of The Scarlet Letter?
The scarlet letter has symbolic meaning throughout the novel and represents shame, guilt, sin, and adultery. Interestingly, the scarlet letter also represents positive attributes such as hard work, charity, and sympathy. While Hester Prynne is forced to wear the scarlet letter on the outside of her clothing, Dimmesdale secretly carves the letter "A" onto his chest in the same spot, which represents his guilt and hidden sin. Roger Chillingworth is depicted as an evil, malevolent man throughout the novel, whose entire focus in life is to enact revenge on Dimmesdale for committing adultery with his wife. While Chillingworth is supposed to be helping Dimmesdale recover his health, he secretly tortures the minister's soul, causing Dimmesdale more grief, anguish, and pain. Chillingworth's nefarious actions enhance Dimmesdale's guilt, which psychologically tortures the young, frail minister. Given that the scarlet letter symbolically represents sin, guilt, and shame, Chillingworth's appearance in...
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