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Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Year Published: 1843

Type: Short Story

Genre: Horror

Perspective and Narrator:

"The Birthmark" is told by an omniscient narrator who provides access to both Aylmer's and Georgiana's thoughts. However, the narrator admits to a lack of knowledge in some instances and in other instances provides moral commentary.


"The Birthmark" is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

"The Birthmark" refers to the birthmark on the cheek of Aylmer's wife, Georgiana, the only flaw in her otherwise perfect beauty.


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