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The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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on 29 October 2013

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Transcript of The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jerrika Merritt and Sam Etienne

Characters
Aylmer- Antagonist. Dynamic, when he married his wife he didn't care about her birthmark and then he starts to hate it. Round.
Georgiana- Protagonist. Dynamic, before she was married she did not mind her birthmark, but when Aylmer starts to question it she decides she wants to get rid of it.
Aminadab- Static. Flat.
Setting
The setting of the story is in Georgiana and Aylmer's house and in his "layer"/room.
It influenced the plot because it was where Alymer kept all of his books and experiments, providing flashbacks earlier on in the story.
Plot
Exposition
Exposition- Introduced to the Husband and some background on the wife's birthmark
Rising Action
The scientist husband comes up with the formula to get rid of the birthmark
Climax
When the wife is given the potion and it kills the wife
Resolution
When the scientist takes notes of what went wrong and says that they can only learn from what happened to his wife
Irony and Foreshadowing
Irony- He wants to make his wife better and ends up killing her

Foreshadowing- Georgiana reads all of her husbands notes and sees that all of his experiments go awry
Conflict
Man vs. Self- Georgiana is not sure if she wants to get rid of her birthmark or if she is only doing it to make Aylmer happy
Point of View
Third-Person Omniscient: The narrator knows the thoughts of Georgiana and Aylmer

A drawback to using third-person omniscient is that it makes the story less personal
Author's Message
The author is trying to tell you that you should like yourself and others for the way that they are. You shouldn't strive for perfection because it might end up hurting you.
PLOT
The plot was the most integral because the irony and foreshadowing added the most to the story. This is so because they added importance that the other parts of the story didn't.
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