It has been said that revenge is a dish best served cold
It has been said that revenge is a dish best served cold, and that is exactly how vengeance is perpetrated in The Scarlet Letter. One of the many prominent themes in The Scarlet Letter is revenge. Revenge is exacted many times throughout the novel through the characters actions and obsessiveness. Nearly every character in The Scarlet Letter, from Roger Chillingworth to Hester Prynne, is afflicted with revenge in some way, whether they are getting revenge or someone is getting revenge on them. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, revenge expressly serves as both a motivator and downfall of the antagonist, Chillingsworth.
In the book, the first person mentioned that has anything to do with revenge happens to be Hester Prynne. The townspeople make Hester wear the letter A on her shirt as a punishment for the committing the sin, adultery. The letter was intended to be a punishment, but in a way, it turned out to be a form of revenge.