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2019168 Hour 4 Honors Composition 10/18/2017 True Sin Sin, a dark and powerful force, twists the soul and warps the mind to the point where it leaves society with unconquerable difficulties in everyday life. Forces such as sin create a story drawing in readers. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses literature to its full potential to express sin’s presence in life through his short story, “The Birthmark.” In “The Birthmark,” a man named Aylmer for the first time sees a small defect in his otherwise beautiful wife, Georgiana. When Aylmer mentions it to her, she feels vexed, but it does not seem to affect her self-image. However, as time went on, the birthmark eventually starts bothering her, causing her to believe that she possesses flaws and is in need of fixing. With the assistance of Aylmer's servant, Aminadab, Aylmer creates a miracle drug, hoping to cure his wife of her imperfection: the birthmark. The possibly deadly drug incites fear in her husband; however, the blemish on her face troubles her, as well as her husband, to the point where she believes her life means nothing. After much meticulous preparation, the wife takes the cure. At first, everything seems well as her birthmark faded; however, Georgiana soon has a terrible reaction, causing her to pass away, and leaving Aylmer alone and heartbroken. In “The Birthmark,” Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to light sin’s presence in society through the use of allusions, symbolism, color, and beauty. The use of allusions within a story reinforces Hawthorne's argument. In the “Birthmark,” Hawthorne utilizes allusions to express how sin plagues society. The author makes one biblical allusion through the name: Aminadab. In this story, Aminadab begins as no more than an average servant. However, as the story progresses, it becomes evident that the servant may contain evil hidden within himself. After Aminadab assists Aylmer in the creation of this miracle cure, Aylmer gives it to Georgiana in order to heal her imperfection, but the cure disappoints their hopes and ends 1
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2019168 Hour 4 Honors Composition 10/18/2017 the wife's life. As she dies, Aminadab releases a “hoarse, chuckling laugh” (Hawthorne), displaying that he finds pleasure from her death. This act reveals a form of evil that also presents itself in the Book of Mormon where his name alludes too. In the Book of Mormon, Aminadab, a Nephite who leaves the church of God to go to the city of Lehi Neph, originally presents himself as a decent
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