In "The Scarlet Letter," what happens to Chillingworth after Dimmesdale dies and why?

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Chillingworth dies shortly after Dimmesdale passes away. Though one might assume Chillingworth would be happy that the man who helped cuckold him is dead, this is not the case. Chillingworth wanted vengeance on his own terms, and the fact that Dimmesdale died in a state of grace thwarts his desire. Also, now that Dimmesdale is dead, Chillingworth has no reason to go on living. He was so consumed with getting revenge that he had no plans on what to do with himself once he achieved his goal. Now he has neither achieved that goal nor has anything else to live for, since his marriage with Hester is over and his own personality, never particularly virtuous or loving, has become further warped by hatred. Unlike Hester, who lives to raise Pearl and help the community however she can, Chillingworth loves no one else. Therefore, he wastes away and dies alone.

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Chillingworth died "within the year".  Before this, Hawthorne states that "all [Chillingworth's] strength and energy-all his vital and intellectual force-seemed at once to desert him; insomuch that he positively withered up, shrivelled away, and almost vanished from mortal sight."  So, he became almost non-existent, shriveling and losing all health and vitality.  Hawthorne states that this is because Chillingworth was a parasite, feeding off of Dimmesdale himself.  And any parasite that is separated from its host has no way of living, so shrivels and dies.  It states that he "had made the very principle of his life to consist in the pursuit...of revenge; and...was left with no further material to support it."  When anyone becomes completely consumed and obsessed by something that is entirely dependent on someone else, if that someone else leaves, then what is there left to live for? The good news is that he DID die; Hester was free from him at last, AND he left his entire fortune to her and Pearl.

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