Analysis Of ' The Birthmark ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Shadow of the Grim “The Birthmark,” a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published in 1843. The story is set around the last century and focuses on a “man of science” and his wife. The most prominent elements of the story are the inexhaustible use of foreshadowing, symbolism, and the irony of the relationship of Aylmer and Georgiana. “The Birthmark” is reminiscent of today’s science fiction genre, with mild religious undertones. Aylmer, the main protagonist, is a ‘Man of Science’ who is married to beautiful, innocent Georgiana. In the story, we follow his efforts to become God-like by not heeding the natural order created by the divine, his attempt to perfect the imperfections of his beloved wife, and is the ultimate cause of his…show more content…
Aylmer has a dream in the text where he cuts the birthmark from his wife’s flesh where as he cut into her face to remove it, his knife sank and so went his hand. His hand continued to sink until it went to Georgiana’s heart and he cut it from her chest. This dream was foreshadowing for the character, or should have been as it showed him by operating on her he would kill her. Aminadab is the assistant to Aylmer and has high regards and respect for Nature. He is quoted in the text as saying “If she were my wife, I’d never part with that birthmark.” This should have been yet another red flag for Aylmer and also could be a divine warning in a sense, reaching out in the shape of his assistant. Another instance of foreshadowing is when Georgiana reads through her husband’s texts and sees all of his failures. It is then when she knows for sure that she will die and when the reader is able to make the same affirmation from the foreshadowing. The last example that the reader finds, reaffirming the fact that Georgiana will die when she says, “ I might wish to put off this birthmark of mortality by relinquishing
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