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  • Aylmer's Science
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    Man's Hands In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Birthmark", there are many views on the need for science and its advances. Hawthorne's protagonist, Aylmer, illustrates his own personal assessment of science. The story is based on the idea that science can solve all of humanities ills and problems. Hawthorne believes that science is overrunning life. Aylmer is consumed by his passion of overtake Mother Nature. The story shows how Aylmer's passion leads to not only his downfall but that of h...
  • Georgiana And Aylmer
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    The Birthmark is a story filled with allegory, foreshadowing, and moral lessons. Hawthorne uses these tools not only to prepare the reader for what is to come in the story but to warn the reader of the consequences that follow reckless and selfish behavior. Hawthorne uses his characters as instruments to fulfill his motives. Hawthorne's characters can also be paralleled to people living in modern times. The quest to obtain perfection is littered throughout modern culture. Many women and men spen...
  • Said Aylmer
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    The Birth-martin 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. He had left his laboratory to the care of an assistant, cleared his fine countenance from the furnace-smoke, washed the stain of acids from his fingers, and persuaded a beautiful woman to become his wife. In those days, when the ...
  • Birthmark Aylmer
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    A Story of Love and Science Derek Schroeder Accelerated English 11 Miss Burns May 3, 1999 A Story of Love and Science Nathaniel Hawthorne is a nineteenth century American Novelist whose works are deeply concerned with the ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement (Adams 168). The New England writer also handles the romantic theme very well and is a master of historical fiction. Hawthorne was a descendant of one of the judges at the Salem witch trials, and he set many of his works in Pur...
  • Sides Of Aylmer And Aminadab
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    The Mark of Ugliness In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark, there is indeed a representation of a submerged personality in Aylmer. Although the other underlying personality is not represented within himself, it is rather portrayed through his assistant Aminadab. Since Aylmer is lacking so much within himself, he is unable to appreciate his wife even she was dying. Basically if Aylmer had the sensibility of Aminadab he could have realized how beautiful she was even with her birthmark. During the...
  • Aylmer's Great Skill In Science
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    "He has proposed to take her portrait by a scientific process of his own invention" (Hawthorne 1026). In this quotation, Aylmer views his wife as a scientific experiment which he has the right to tamper with. Aylmer's idea of changing his wife can be compared to God's right of creation. Aylmer strives to be like God, but cannot escape from his mortal qualities which prevent him from being equal to God. Aylmer, an extremely proficient scientist has been able to equalize God's power in numerous wa...
  • Georgiana's Casual Approach Towards The Birthmark
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    Originator: Copy work Staff English: Georgians transformation 2000-07-06 In? The Birthmark, ? by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Georgiana's futile attempt to be flawless by cooperating in her own murder doesn? t make her any wiser, especially because such a sacrifice does not earn her closeness with her husband. The character of Georgiana epitomizes the virtues upheld by the conventions of her time; she is beautiful, docile and has no ambitions of her own other than to make her husband happy. In addition ...

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