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In “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the act of sin that was committed by Hester and Dimmesdale changed not only their lives, but Chilingsworth’s life as well. Chilingsworth’s need for revenge consumed him, and changed his personality completely. The need for revenge will not only destroy the person who someone wants revenge on, but also the seeker. Chilingsworth anger and need for revenge controlled everything about him. In the novel Hawthorne mentioned …

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…inside because all of his energy was directed toward Dimmesdale, and so when he died, Chilingsworth had nothing left to live for. Hawthorne proved this when he said, “Chilingsworth had no more of the Devil’s work to do, so he died”. If someone allows anger and revenge to take over them, it will destroy them. Chilingsworth killed himself with his obsession for revenge. Revenge doesn’t just hurt the victim, but also the seeker.