Literary Analysis Of `` The Birth Mark `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Literary Analysis of “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “The Birth-Mark”, illustrates the characteristics of Romantic literature through allegory and symbolism. Romanticism is a type of literature or attitude that arose during the late 18th century and mid-19th century. Romanticism focused primarily on imagination, appreciation of nature and feelings and emotions over science. The purpose of this research is to explain how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Romantic literature to warn his audience of the destructive potential of an obsession with science and the human desire for perfection and to explain what exactly motivated Aylmer in the first place. In “The Birth-Mark”, Aylmer, a newly wed, notices a small birthmark on the side of his wife Georgiana’s cheek. Because of this mark on her face, Alymer views his wife as only “nearly perfect” and suggests to have removed immediately. Hawthorne uses Georgiana’s hand shape birthmark to symbolize individualism and even life itself. Her husband, Aylmer, symbolizes mortality and death because his obsession with perfection and science leads to Georgiana unfortunate death after attempting to remove the birth-mark. Instead of appreciating Georgiana’s beauty, Aylmer instead viewed his wife’s birth mark as a flaw, instead of a symbol of her individuality. He described her birthmark as a “visible mark of earthly imperfection”, a constant reminder to Aylmer “of his wife 's liability to sin,

sorrow, decay,…

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