Essay about The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

2007 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” illustrates how far an obsessed person will go. Aylmer is obsessed with removing a birthmark on her face. The story will take the reader through twist and turns from start to finish. Character will raise questions about how far they are willing to remove a birthmark that is consider a flaw by nature. When examining this story with a psychological strategy can help readers see the different unconscious desires of the characters in the story. Another one would be a marxist critics to get a better understanding of content about a literary work about race, class, and power. Also a gender critics strategy, for a better understand of how gender roles are used in the story and a biological strategy.
The story opens up with the narrator talking about a man of science, who is proficient in all the branches of natural philosophy. He evenly leaves the lab in the hands of his assistant to go find himself a wife. Aylmer cleans his hands from his work in the lab. He do finds himself a wife named Georgiana a loving, caring, and supportive woman. She only has one visible flaw a birthmark on her face. This psychical flaw drives Aylmer to becoming obsessed wanting to remove nature’s flaw. He refers it as “… you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature that this slightest possible defect, which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty, shocks me, as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection”(Hawthorne 340). After saying this he start…

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