Analysis Of The Book ' The Birthmark ' And ' Rappaccini 's Daughter '

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Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote two short stories: “The Birthmark” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter”; which show how nature and science can both be positive and negative. But while they are written by the same author and have the same general message, when looking deeply at the texts, a different theme and narrative can arise. The stories of “The Birthmark”, “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, and the poem “The Tables Turned” show the different facets of the struggle of science versus nature, while emphasizing the pursuit of perfection, examining outside influences, and discovering connections between the two stories.
In examining the struggle of science vs. nature, we must first analyze each story by itself, and recognize its relationship. First, in looking at “The Birthmark”, we can see that science and nature/love are intertwined through the correctional habits that Aylmer possesses, the way that the birthmark could actually be seen through a more personal light, where Hawthorne is commenting on the way that society wants to advance, as well as the way that society functions as well as he perceives the process of menstruation and childbirth for women.
The first aspect in the correlation between science and nature is within the realm of the woman, specifically the woman’s natural occurrences. These are the processes of menstruation and childbirth (Zenger 368). When analyzing the actual birthmark, it is challenging not to connect the color of red, of the mark, to the color red, relating…

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