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Scarlet Letter vs. Moby Dick

             Most literature can be linked in someway. In writing, similarities can be shared by symbolic objects, ideas or materials and in others by characteristics or events. Also, writing can be a like in numerous ways when the authors have previously converged with each other. Two men known as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville show an example of this coincidental action because of former jobs they occupied at the Salem Custom House. Hawthorne and Melville claim the credit for remarkable works such as the novels The Scarlet Letter and Moby Dick. As any other literature these two can be linked in many ways such as haste between characters, events such as a resurrection, and remarkable recoveries for a characters personality.
             In The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth shared an important similarity with Ahab and the whale, Moby Dick. Dimmesdale was a young, handsome reverend that was the secret lover of Hester Prynne. Chillingworth was Hester's husband from the Netherlands and the first to find out that Dimmesdale was the illegitimate father of Pearl. By this tragic news, Chillingworth vows revenge on the reverend. Chillingworth and Dimmesdale begin to house together and Dimmesdale's health soon starts to decrease but at the same time Chillingworth's potions keep Dimmesdale alive. As much as this may resemble an oxymoron, when the thought is analyzed, Chillingworth was keeping Dimmesdale alive, but that was the only thing he was doing. He was not trying to heal the reverend's sickness. In Moby Dick, Captain Ahab is the captain of the Pequod. He has been a sailor for many years and still longs to conquer his quest for the sperm whale. A previous encounter with Ahab and Moby Dick has left the grave old man to walk with a leg made of ivory. As a result of Chillingworth and Ahab's vengeance, both characters can be compared to the devil, considering that revenge is not Christian like and God is not pleased with this type of behavior.

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