Hawthorne and "The Birthmark": No Judgment Intended Essay

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Since the beginning of time, people have lived by the expression, or at least heard From their mother’s, that “no one should judge another based on physical attributes.” “The Birthmark,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne gives its reader an important example of this worldly known moral. In “The Birthmark,” Hawthorne uses characterization, a foil character, hyperbole, a dramatic setting, imagery and a huge tragedy in order to display the judgment morality of his main character, Aylmer. Hawthorne goes into every detail possible about his characters, Georgiana and her husband, Alymer. He does not go too much into detail about Amindab, because most of the story is based on Alymer and Georgiana. For example, “He had devoted…show more content…
Hawthorne creates a foil character, Aylmer’s assistant, Aminadab, who shows complete affection towards Georgiana. He is the complete opposite of Aylmer, when considering his feelings and opinions about life. “Yes, master,” answered Aminadab, looking intently at the lifeless form of Georgiana; and then he muttered to Himself, “If she were my wife, I’d never part with that birthmark” (652). This quote shows the reality of Aminadab’s feeling of sympathy for Georgiana. He knows that the removal of her birthmark is like a sacrifice that she had to make for her husband’s happiness. His thoughts are obvious, and throughout the story, this is the only place where he displays his thoughts with the audience his true feelings. Even though he shares these opinions, he does not do anything to try and stop Aylmer from operating on his wife. Hawthorne may be using this foil character to even more justify his underlying moral. Hyperboles seem to take form in many short stories sort of making its tone and atmosphere become dramatic, especially in “The Birthmark.” Hawthorne creates many instances of hyperbole throughout his story, which all seemingly concern Georgiana’s birthmark. “. .I know not what may be the cost to both of us to rid me of this fatal birthmark. Perhaps its removal may cause

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