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In contrast to Dimmesdale, Chillingworth does not have a moral code to follow, and because of this, he is never truly free. Chillingworth focuses his life on revenge, and he does have a sense of moral. He finds pleasure in trying to reveal Hester’s lover and destroying her lover. He says, “I shall see him tremble. I shall feel myself shudder, suddenly and unawares. Sooner or later, he must needs be mine” (70)! As Chillingworth tells Hester that he will eventually find out who is her lover, he demonstrates full spite towards Hester as well as his lost of a moral code. As evident from his desire of finding out who is man, all Chillingworth wants is to get revenge. He does not show good judgment or any reflection on his wrongdoing. Shown in his merciless purpose, he does not have a moral code. His lack of a moral code is further shown after when he finds out that Dimmesdale is Hester’s lover and “imagine[s] a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy” (128). Dimmesedale’s “intimate” relationship with his evil deed of revenge reveals that he does not have any judgment from right or wrong. Therefore, he does not have a moral code. Because he does not have a moral code, he continues with his revenge without any contemplation. Chillingworth continues revenge because he never finds contentment. He is always unsatisfied all the time. As a result, he is never free. Chillingworth dies with “all his strength and energy—all his vital and intellectual force—seemed at once to desert him…he positively withered up, shriveled away, and almost vanished from mortal sight” (236). Chillingworth’s revenge is motivated from Dimmesdale’s torturing restlessly. Finally, at his death, Chillingworth does not die naturally, he “withered up [and] shriveled away,” showing his disappointing life. His fixed investment on his energy towards his revenge makes him never truly free. When Chillingworth lives a life of revenge and without a moral code, he never finds peace in his mind or freedom.
Although society does not accept one for one’s moral code, following it will allow one to be free. This holds true throughout people’s daily life. One must always stand up for one’s belief. One should never try to follow the crowd. Being able to make one’s own decision, makes one true to oneself and free.


This section has entirely too much repetition. Read it outloud! If you have already heard it before, then you don't need to say it again. I will be glad to reread when you finish it. In the concluding paragraph the first sentence has an "it" that doesn't have a clear reference, and the last sentence doesn't need a comma.

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