Alymer's Failure In The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s,”The Birthmark,” Alymer, the scientist, knew all along that his science would kill his wife because he himself is imperfect. Sometimes, scientists become so involved in their work that they forget about others. Alymer’s forgetting about his wife and their future was what happened when he decided that his science was more important to him than she was. His obsession with her looks, and his obsession with performing experimental surgery caused him to lose the most important person in his life. First, Alymer knew from the beginning that he was not a good scientist. His records showed that “many of his experiments...ended in failure” (Hawthorne 2). When he offered to ‘fix’ his wife’s birthmark, he should have known

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