The Scarlet Letter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
One of my Favorite Passages
“But, with what a wild look of wonder, joy, and horror! With what a ghastly rapture, as it were, too mighty to be expressed only by the eye and features, and therefore bursting forth through the whole ugliness of his figure, and making itself even riotously manifest by the extravagant gestures with which he threw up his arms towards the ceiling, and stamped his foot upon the floor! Had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of his ecstasy, he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself, when a precious human soul is lost to heaven and won into his kingdom.
But what distinguished the physician’s ecstasy from Satan’s was the trait of wonder in it!”
This is among my favorite passages in the early section of the book as it truly shows how the lust for revenge has transformed a once good man into a wretched one. It also shows just how Roger is now befitting of his new surname and how cold and twisted he's become. Not to mention that the writing is beautifully eloquent.
Scarlet Letter Girl by IvoryCircle
^Listen to that awesome song^
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. [New York]: Barnes & Noble Children's Classics, 2001. Print.
Five Red Stars. Digital image. Freelancewritingtips.com. Passionate Media, 31 Oct. 2007. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2007/10/woo-hoo-five-st.html>.
Hester Prynne. Digital image. Nymag.com. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/01/shame-is-the-new-black.html>.
Roger Chillingworth. Digital image. Imbd.com. Amazon, 2 Mar. 2002. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0022221/>.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Digital image. Myspacecdn.com. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. <https://myspace.com/scarletletter21>.
Pearl Prynne. Digital image. Blogs.courant.com. Hartford Courant, 14 Mar. 2011. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <http://blogs.courant.com/curtain/2011/03/rizs-blog-review-the-scarlet-l.html>.
The Scarlet Letter. Digital image. Angiewashington.com. Angie Washington, 5 Feb. 2012. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <http://www.angiewashington.com/2012/02/the-scarlet-letter/>.
Roger Chillingworth with Arthur. Digital image. Klasikfanda.blogspot.com. 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. <http://klasikfanda.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-scarlet-letter-summary-chapter-ix.html>.
IvoryCircle. "Scarlet Letter Girl." Rec. June 2013. 2013. MP3.