Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Birth Mark '

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was seen as “a major figure in the American romantic movement” (Constantakis 1). Additionally, “Hawthorne created allegories of the dark, irredeemable human condition, a point of view most likely traceable to the author’s New England Puritan roots” (Constantakis 2). Concerning Hawthorne’s writing style, he often focused on “concrete particulars his tales elevate into symbols,” and his works “speak from and to the unconscious that people dream their way into every night and set aside when they rise from their beds to act” (Bunge 4). This short story was “first published in March 1943 in Pioneer…under Hawthorne’s own name” (Newman 29). The beginning of the short story “The Birth-Mark” relates the union of Aylmer, a scientist who was highly distinguished within his community but personally unsatisfied due to his severe perfectionism, with his wife, Georgiana. Unfortunately for their relationship, Aylmer obsessed over the possible removal of his wife’s hand-shaped birth-mark, which he saw as the sole thing that stood between him and a perfect wife, so Georgiana agreed to have the mark removed. Soon afterwards, Aylmer furnished a lavishly decorated space for Georgiana to stay in while he developed an elixir in his laboratory to remove her mark; he also attempted to delight her with several of his other scientific creations, but they did not always have the intended effect. Georgiana later read notes that Aylmer kept that pertained to his earlier

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