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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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the-birthmark-nathaniel-hawthorneSources:, Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne: ALiterary Reference to His Life and Work by Sarah B. Wright, Encyclopaedia Britannica, National Park Service, Private Osborne by Frederick M. Osborne Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.The Birthmarkby the NumbersTime Aylmer kisses his wifes hand-shaped birthmarkTimes Aylmer attempts to prove his scientific ability to his wife using a flowerStories in the collection Mosses from an Old Manse, including The Birthmark”Year Hawthorne started renting Old Manse—a home owned by Ralph Waldo Emersonwhere he wrote The Birthmark”18421225Aylmers LabRepresents the toil, physicality, and risk of scientific discoverySymbolsGeorgianaemove it, remove it, whatever bethe cost, or we shall both go mad!BirthmarkSymbolizes mortality, imperfection, magic, and life Georgianas RoomsSuggest magic and miracles by their enchanting arrangementThe 19th century was a time of significant advances in scientific knowledge, and Hawthorne, like other romantic writers, was intrigued by the idea that science might be able to change the course of nature. In The Birthmark,” Hawthorne probes and questions this notion.NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE1804–64Author the late 18th century Aylmer grows increasingly obsessed with his wifes birthmark and his attempts to perfect her beauty by removing it. Aylmers passion for science and his belief that it can overcome human imperfections blind him to the foolishness of his quest to rid Georgianas cheek of the mark.The Markof MortalityTHEMESScienceHumans gain a sense of power over nature through studying it, but nature remains unfathomable. BeautyOpinions about what is beautiful vary from person to person, as shown in the differing views on Georgianas birthmark.MortalityDespite Aylmers hopes, immortality is not possible, even through science.Main CharactersAylmerMan of science seeking perfectionGeorgianaAylmers wife; a beauty whose birthmark is her only blemishAminadabAylmers disapproving yet capable assistantNathaniel Hawthorne1843EnglishShort Story AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe BirthmarkHorror

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