The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Many of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's stories are based off of morality and is heavily influenced by religious beliefs and women. Hawthorne published "The Birthmark", a parable, dark romanticism, at a time when people praised the scientific method and were starting to think science could make anything possible. He set his story about sixty years earlier in the 160-year-long wake of the Newtonian Revolution, in the Age of Enlightenment, when science was gaining recognition. His story argues that, despite the general positivism, science has its limits. There are certain things that human are not privileged to know and not capable of doing. For example, Aylmer tries to become a creator of sorts himself by trying to "repair" a "flaw" that Nature left on another human being. The story seems to say tha it is not only ignorant, it is also downright dangerous to try and play God. "The Birthmark" puts the main protagonist, "a man of science", in a situation where he strives to make his "nearly perfect" wife flawless. At the end, because he tried to challenge Nature, he is punished with a dead wife. In "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the entire plot of the story is fully revealed at the beginning of passage and tied to religious beliefs through its setting and time of publication, symbolisms and foreshadows, and sentence structure and diction. When "The Birthmark" was published, many people were still amazed by the works of science. At the very beginning, Hawthorne starts out with
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