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Unformatted text preview: Klatsky 1 Michael Klatsky Professor Kohlhausen English 102 April 3 rd , 2008 Nothing can be more disappointing than a story that just...tells a story. Simply stating what happened is not enough to make a story interesting; what sets great stories apart are twists of drama, painful suspense and uncertainty. Some authors may leave subtle clues in their stories that may explain or foretell future events; this technique is known as foreshadowing. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story The Birthmark is an example of its use; Georgiana’s death is apparent, with clues revealing the possibility of her death throughout the story. In The Birthmark, a great scientist named Aylmer manages to attract and marry Georgiana, a woman of unnatural beauty. She is perfect in every way barring a small birthmark on her cheek which resembles a miniature hand. The ‘imperfection’ starts to bother Aylmer, who, believing he has the ability to remove the mark, confronts his wife about doing so. She is who, believing he has the ability to remove the mark, confronts his wife about doing so....
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