"Mine was the first wrong, when I betrayed thy budding youth into a false and unnatural relation with my decay." His second sin is allowing himself to become obsessed with vengeance against Dimmesdale]."But, as he proceeded, a terrible fascination, a kind of fierce, though still calm, necessity seized the old man within its gripe, and never set him free again until he had done all its bidding.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 pilgrim's face.
This conviction eventually killed him by tearing him apart from the inside out, but he was unable to admit his sin publicly because as a preacher it would ruin his reputation.
This fact is very evident by how harsh the puritan people were with Hester's adulterous act and how they punished her for her sin.
Any harm that may have come from the young lovers’ deed was unanticipated and inadvertent, whereas Chillingworth reaps deliberate harm.
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So this left him with two choices either to admit to the colony that he had sinned and be ruined publicly or to keep it to himself and let it eat him alive.
This fierce hatred toward himself by his acts of penance were he would lash himself with a whip.
After seven years of living in agony with his sin he triumphs over his sin in his election day sermon were he confesses to the whole colony that he committed adultery and calls Hester and his daughter Pearl up on the scaffold. The plot finishes to show how Roger and Author became victims to there sin and by trying to hide it, it led to there demise.
I feel the Hawthorne weaved this into his story to tell us Page 3 that we are to confess our sin.
Chillingworth’s death is a result of the nature of his character.
After Dimmesdale dies, Chillingworth no longer has a victim.