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Transcript of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Studied at Bowdin College
July 1842 married Sophia Peabody
Together, the two had three children: Una, Julian & Rose
Died May 19, 1864
The Life of An Author
The Scarlet Letter
The House of The
Rejected ideas of becoming a lawyer, doctor or minister
Boston Custom House - Weigh & measure goods (1 year)
Commune of Brook Farm (1.5 year)
Consult to Livepool (4 years - 1853-1857)
Wife of Aylmer
Sweet, beautiful, caring
birthmark on cheek that resembles a tiny hand
Disagrees - with disgust - Aylmer's decision to remove Georgian's birthmark, helps anyway
Husband to Georgiana
Misguided, selfish, very smart
Nature V Science
Science has limitations
untouched science > manmade science
Aylmer and his ability to "mold" his wife.
Is perfection possible?
Hawthorne & The Birth-Mark
What is the moral of the story?
The narrator shows us a conversation between Georgiana and Aylmer in which they discuss her birthmark before he stops to explain that Georgiana has a birthmark. Do you think this was done intentionally? If so, what effect does it have on the way we process information?
Why does Hawthorne end the narrative before we get to see Aylmer's reaction to his wife's death? What do you imagine his reaction to be?