The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The Birthmark Criticism Analysis The short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written in 1843 at the beginning of the largest feminist movement in the United States of America which occurred between the years 1840 and 1920 (National). Furthermore, during the 1830s and 1840s there were many women who spoke out about women’s rights. They argued for many changes with one of them being a social change in their duties to be subdominant to males. They rallied around the prohibition by fighting for human rights as a whole (Women’s). This period of time had a huge impact on what this story is truly about. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of “The Birthmark” and “The Scarlet Letter”, seemed infatuated by incorporating some sort of feminist approaches in these two narratives. In the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, are burdened by an imperfection that Hester had in a very religious community. She is forced to wear the letter A at all times, which stands for adulteress. In both of these fictional stories, the woman is the one who is burdened by an imperfection within their life (Van Kirk). Although these two women are seen as perfect other than these small imperfections, they are forced by society, or men, to be submissive thus burdening them in the long run. Like in his other story, Nathaniel Hawthorne presented Georgiana, a female, as a submissive character to a male, which happened to be her husband, in “The Birthmark,” therefore, I will argue that

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