Character Analysis - Roger Chillingworth .
In Nathaniel Hawthorne"s The Scarlet Letter, a character by the name of Roger Chillingworth had committed the worst sin of all; he basically killed another character, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. .
Everyone has been in a position where they have had the chance of blackmailing or plotting revenge on someone. Chillingworth did exactly that and ended torturing Dimmesdale to his death. Dimmesdale was not the only one affected by Chillingworth's evil doings. Chillingworth had a wife, but no one knew of their relationship. Her name was Hester Prynne and she had a daughter named Pearl. The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale had an affair with Hester, and he is the father of Pearl. Throughout the film Hester withheld this information, along with the information that Chillingworth was her husband. .
Chillingworth was a physician, or back in those days a doctor was anyone who had knowledge of medicine. Dimmesdale started to feel ill, that was the beginning of the end for him. Dimmesdale became more than just a patient of Chillingworth, but a roommate as well. Being in such close contact with Dimmesdale, Chillingworth came to know the minister's most private emotions, and began to suspect that Dimmesdale's illness was the result of a deep secret that at no time had been confessed to another. In a conversation with Hester, Chillingworth made a vow to discover the who the father of Pearl was, and let it be known to everyone. .
In a conversation with Dimmesdale, Chillingworth brings up the question of why anyone would be willing to carry "secret sins" to his grave instead of confessing them during his lifetime. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth exchanged thoughts. Chillingworth's said, "Wouldst thou have me to believe, O wise and pious friend, that a false show can be better--can be more for God's glory, or man's welfare-than God's own truth? Trust me, such men deceive themselves!".