Analyze Hawthorne’s characterization of Roger Chillingworth.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 4: The Interview
What does the phrase, “I might have beheld the bale-fire of that scarlet letter blazing at the end of our path,” on p. 16, most suggest about Chillingworth?
He regrets that he ever married Hester.
He is questioning his faith in God.
He partially blames himself for Hester’s adultery.
He is astounded that he failed to recognize her evil before now.
It can be reasonably inferred from this chapter that Chillingworth has come to town to
meet the baby he thinks might be his own.
hide from the Indians who were holding him prisoner.
confess to Hester the guilt he feels about his role in her situation.
seek the identity of, and get revenge on, Hester’s secret lover.
Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
p. 14 (“He was lodged…respecting his ransom.”)
p. 15 (“’The medicine…better for it.’”)
p. 16 (“’Mine was the first…no evil against thee.’”)
p. 18 (“’Not thy soul…not Thine!’”)
What kind of person is Roger Chillingworth? Explain using evidence from the novel to support your answer.