The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Birthmark is a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne the carries vast amounts of symbolism in its pages. It’s a story that you can pretty much look at anything that is involved and see how it carries some type of underlying meaning that either helps the character development or means something entirely different. The basis of the story is similar to that of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which only came out about 20 years before The Birthmark. For the most part the story is about human imperfection and how many can find the one thing wrong with anything even though others completely overlook it. Now let’s take a look at the plot, characters, and some of the symbolism that we find in The Birthmark. The plot follows the line of most romantic stories, but diverges in some major ways. For example, instead of the quintessential buff and attractive man that comes to sweep the female off of her feet in the story, you have Aylmer. Aylmer is a scientist and we will get deeper into his character later. Most of the story revolves around Aylmer being “in love” with a beautiful woman named Georgiana, who is described as flawless if it wasn’t for the tiny red birthmark that she has on her cheek that’s in the shape of a hand. People take this birthmark in varying ways, for example, some women find the birthmark to be unattractive and think that it takes away from her otherwise perfect face this is probably out of spite though. On the flip side most men completely overlook the fact that the…
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