The birth mark

The main character in this short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Aylmer, is described in the beginning as a man who is a great scientist and lover nature but who also has a beautiful wife whom he loves dearly. To Alymer, his wife is perfection personified but this birthmark gives him extreme consternation and, being a man of science, he wishes to remove it.

The birth mark

The birth mark

Plot summary[ edit ] Aylmer is a brilliant and recognized scientist and philosopher who has dropped his focus from his career and experiments to marry the beautiful Georgiana who is physically perfect except for a small red birthmark in the shape of a hand on her cheek.

He does not remember this dream until Georgiana asks about what his sleep-talking meant. The following day, Aylmer deliberates upon and then decides to take Georgiana to the apartments where he keeps a laboratory.

When she awakens, he treats her warmly and comforts her with some of his scientific concoctions but when he attempts to take a portrait of her, the image is blurred save for her birthmark revealing the disgust he has of it. He experiments some more and describes some of the successes to her but as he questions how she is feeling, Georgiana begins to suspect that Aylmer has been experimenting on her the entire time without her knowledge and consent.

Aylmer catches her investigating, and accuses her of spying on him in the laboratory, and potentially damaging his valuable and delicate instruments. They argue briefly but not intensely. Georgiana then agrees to drink a potion Aylmer has concocted for her despite his warning that it might be dangerous to do so and may carry unexpected side effects.

Soon after, he brings her the potion and the potion is proven to be effective, in some respects, by rejuvenating a nearby plant with but a few drops.

Upon seeing this and trusting her distressed husband, Georgiana drinks the concocted potion and promptly falls asleep. Aylmer watches the birthmark fade little by little.

The Birthmark. In the latter part of the last century there lived a man of science, an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy, who not long before our story opens had made experience of a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one. The narrator explains that the birthmark in question is a red mark in the shape of a tiny hand on Georgiana’s left cheek. The mark disappears when she blushes. A birthmark is a congenital, benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month. They can occur anywhere on the skin. [1] Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, melanocytes, smooth muscle, fat, fibroblasts, or keratinocytes.

Once it is nearly gone, Georgiana wakes up and is pleased like Aylmer to see the results. However, the potion had side effects, and Georgiana soon tells her husband that she is slowly dying.

Once the birthmark fades completely, Georgiana dies with it. Analysis[ edit ] Like many of the tales Hawthorne wrote during his time living in The Old Manse"The Birth-Mark" discusses the psychological impact in sexual relations.

That a man of so many failures would be trying to perfect someone else is both ironic and allegorical. Rather than focusing on their own failures, they instead made a life of pointing out the mistakes and flaws of others, regardless of whether they truly existed.

The birth mark

Similarly, Puritans separated themselves from everything and everyone with beliefs contrary to their own."The Birthmark," published in March of in a literary journal called The Pioneer, is one of Hawthorne's more famous short stories.

It tells the story of a scientist who is obsessed with the removal of his wife's birthmark, believing it a sign of her human imperfection. About Hawthorne: Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, , in Salem, Massachu-setts, where his birthplace is now a museum.

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William Hathorne, who. Birthmark definition is - an unusual mark or blemish on the skin at birth: nevus. an unusual mark or blemish on the skin at birth: nevus; an unusual mark that is present on the skin from the time when someone is born. The Birthmark.

In the latter part of the last century there lived a man of science, an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy, who not long before our story opens had made experience of a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one.

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A birthmark is a congenital, benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month.

They can occur anywhere on the skin. [1] Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, melanocytes, smooth muscle, fat, fibroblasts, or keratinocytes.

"The Birthmark," published in March of in a literary journal called The Pioneer, is one of Hawthorne's more famous short stories.

It tells the story of a scientist who is obsessed with the removal of his wife's birthmark, believing it a sign of her human imperfection. The story raises some interesting questions about what it means to be.

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