Beauty And The Scientific Beast Analysis

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Beauty and the Scientific Beast Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in the year 1804 in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne was born into a Puritan family, which can be evident in many of his writings. He attended Bowdoin College and served on the U.S. Consul. Hawthorne’s early works did not go over well at first. Many did not know of him until his publication of The Scarlet Letter, which was a very controversial work of fiction during his time. In his stories he expressed his guilt for his family participating in the Salem Witch Trials among other things that affected his everyday life. Some of these things can be seen in his short story, “The Birth-Mark”. He confronted his feelings about Puritanism, nature, science, and beauty in this story. As a scientist, the character Aylmer is obsessed with his career. He is so devoted to his work, that he even believes that he has created a cure for everything. However, because of his love for the artificial, it also creates a disposition towards anything natural. Hawthorne writes, “It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions…” (341). This line suggests that to Aylmer, anything that nature produces is flawed, including his wife Georgiana, who he claims to love very much. His struggle with the natural presents a conflict that he feels he can conquer with his use of invincible science. Back in the 1800’s, science was not far along and people had very little
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