Who Framed Roger Chillingworth? (The Scarlet Letter, Ch. 9-12)

Sometimes, a light glimmered out of the physician’s eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan’s awful door-way in the hill-side, and quivered on the pilgrims face. 

Roger Chillingworth is one character who I cannot understand. Normally, some one who has been cheated on is seen as the victim. Roger though, is described as evil, and even is compared to satan. 

We know that Roger wants very much to find out who is Pearl’s father so he can make Hester pay. Naturally, he would want to be everywhere to try and figure it out. For some reason though, he is everywhere, but in a serial killer way. He somehow gets acces to the most important and private moments in Salem. 

Also, the people of Salem have started to pick up on Roger’s all around creepiness, calling him a devil who is sent to mess with Mr Dimmesdale. Hester is trying not to mind him, and I bet Pearl isn’t too sure what to think of him. 

All this strangeness about Roger, who should be the victim, fits in well with Hawthorne’s backwardness of norms in the book, like how Hester, who should be seen as a bad person, is sympathized with by the reader. 

-Paulie 

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