Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Birthmark '

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Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark” In his celebrated short story “The Birthmark”, Nathaniel Hawthorne introduces us to Aylmer, the main protagonist of the story, as a man of science and an eminent natural philosopher, who is married to the beautiful Georgina. Despite her exquisite beauty, Georgina had a small defect, present in her cheek in the form of a small red birthmark shaped like a tiny hand. “Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the mysterious hand. It must not be concealed, however, that the impression wrought by this fairy sign manual varied exceedingly, according to the difference of temperament in the beholders. Some fastidious persons -- but they were exclusively of her own sex -- affirmed that the bloody hand, as they chose to call it, quite destroyed the effect of Georgiana 's beauty, and rendered her countenance even hideous.” (Hawthorne). The idea of romanticism detailed interpretation of nature and its various forms of beauty. As a Romantic author of the Gothic period, Hawthorne uses these details to impress upon Georgina’s individualism in view of light versus darkness, and marks her difference from the rest of the society. However, as Aylmer gets more and more bothered by this apparent deformity in his otherwise beautiful wife, he finally asks her one day if she has considered removing it – thereby summarising the entire undercurrent of the story by demonstrating mankind’s eternal

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