Essay about Birthmark

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           The Mark of Ugliness
     In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birthmark, there is indeed a representation of a submerged personality in Aylmer. Although the other underlying personality is not represented within himself, it is rather portrayed through his assistant Aminadab. Since Aylmer is lacking so much within himself, he is unable to appreciate his wife even
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most certainly scientifically based; he wanted to use her as an experiment. Since he has basically brought his wife into great shame of having the birthmark, she considers removing it, and instantaneously we see that Aylmer says, “I have spent much thought upon the subject” ; there is no way he is going to give up this opportunity to bring science into their relationship.
     In the lab where they begin to work on Georgiana is where we are introduced to the idea that there is a polarity between the spiritual and earthly sides of Aylmer and Aminadab. Aminadab is “ a man of low stature, but bulky frame, with shaggy hair hanging about his visage. This personage had been Aylmer’s underworker during his whole scientific career, and was admiably fitted for that office by his great mechanical readiness, he executed all the details of his master’s experiments.” He was basically making the whole lab run and doing all the work. Although he did was “ incapable of comprehending a single principal” he represented what Aylmer lacked. While Aylmer was “ slender, and had a pale, intellectual face” representing the spiritual element
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