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What metaphors does Hawthorne use to describe Chillingworth's probe? How do they further define Chillingworth's character?

 

taylor b #276519
Oct 20, 2012 8:36 AM

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What metaphors does Hawthorne use to describe Chillingworth's probe? How do they further define Chillingworth's character?
 

Aslan
Oct 20, 2012 11:01 AM

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Chillingworth is described as a leech sucking the blood and soul out of the patient, hence the title of the chapter. The metaphor of a minor digging for gold (the truth in this case) while destroying what holds it,


"He now dug into the poor clergyman's heart, like a miner searching for gold; or, rather, like a sexton delving into a grave, possibly in quest of a jewel that had been buried on the dead man's bosom, but likely to find nothing save mortality and corruption."
 

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