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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne and his work: "The Birth-mark"

Alden Baldock

on 21 December 2013

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Transcript of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Efficiency and Utility
Born Nathaniel Hathorne
in Salem, Mass.
Father Dies of
fever in Suriname
Uncle finances education and vows to send him to Bowdoin College
"I do not want to be a doctor and live by men's diseases, nor a minister to live by their sins, nor a lawyer and live by their quarrels. So I don't see that there is anything left for me but to be an author (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1821)"
Publishes First Novel Anonymously:
Marries Sophia Peabody
The Birth-Mark
Brief Synopsis
Aylmer marries Georgiana but soon cannot stand the sight of her
She begs him to heal her
Kills her with one of his potions
Literary Analysis
The Birthmark?
Flaws of mankind
Not being greedy
Human conformity
Man's physical nature
The Final Potion
Science's affect on humanity
Where we are headed in the future
"No, dearest Georgiana, 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 1160).
"This personage had been Aylmer's under-worker during his whole scientific career, and was admirably fitted for that office by his great mechanical readiness, and the skill with which, while incapable of comprehending a single principle, he executed all the practical details of his master's experiments" (Hawthorne 1163).
"Save on your account, my dearest Aylmer, " observed his wife, "I might wish to put off this birth-mark of mortality by relinquishing mortality itself, in preference to any other mode" (Hawthorne 1168).
Meanwhile.... In History
Uncle Tom's
The Civil War Begins
What's the Moral of the Story?
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