About the Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, was an American novelist and short story writer. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend Franklin Pierce.
Date of Birth:July 4, 1804
Date of Death:May 19, 1864
Place of Birth:Salem, Massachusetts
Place of Death:Plymouth, New Hampshire
Education:Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824
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Birthmark based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beauty and obsession is show in the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “the Birthmark”. The story consists of two main characters, Aylmer and Georgiana, who happen to be married. Aylmer is an astonished scientist and Georgiana is a beautiful women. Georgiana has one thing wrong with her that her husband Aylmer desires to make perfect, the Birthmark on her cheek. Aylmer’s desire to make his wife Georgiana flawless is almost not able to succeed because perfection, Hawthorne seems to suggest, is a province of heaven, in which can not be found on earth. Hawthorne uses Georgiana’s birthmark in the story to symbolize mortality. The narrator of the story explains well to the readers that no one is flawless and cannot live forever. Hawthorne uses the birthmark greatly to show how love can be artificial. In this case of the story, the love between Aylmer and Georgiana is weak; the only reasonable reason to Aylmer that would make him love his wife is if the mark on her cheek was gone. What can be learned from reading this story is that perfection is something that people wish to create but can’t, which is proven by the failure of Aylmer. That comes to show that everyone has a certain imperfection about himself or herself, which is what just makes us all human. Another lesson that could be learned from reading this story is that love should be a value that you measure by someone’s personality and not by the perfection that you believe a person should consist of.