Reader Response: The Birthmark: Reader's Response

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The Birthmark- Reader’s Response Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, the infamous town where a very significant historical event occured. Hawthorne was the great-great-grandson of John Hathorne, one of the three judges over the Salem witch trials nearly a century ago. After the death of his father in 1808, Hawthorne’s uncle Robert Manning, prominent pomologist of that time, took Hawthorne into his care in Raymond, Maine. As a young man Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce. After obtaining his degree in 1825, Hawthorne moved back to Salem for twelve years and wrote many novels, sketches, and short stories that are still very popular today, including …show more content…

My favorite part of the short story was the ending. It occured to the reader that humanity cannot survive with perfection so Georginana had to die. The first time that I read the story I did not really read into exactly why Georgiana died, I believed that it could have been the medication that Aylmer reacted with Georgiana’s skin and killed her but the second time that I read the story the real reason appeared to me. I also admired how Hawthorne developed his characters. In the beginning Aylmer was a scientist that only cared about his experiments, then he fell in love and stopped his scientific work, but then he found a reason to continue his scientific work which led to the death of his wife. At the end of the story Aylmer regretted pressuring his wife to change herself and feels remorseful for what he did. The Birthmark follows the struggles of man versus nature and man versus self. The main character Aylmer suffered no not being about to accept the flaws of his wife but also the fact that he cannot do everything, mostly because it is not his place to do these things. As the story develops the need for Aylmer to reach perfection grows stronger and later kills his wife. Considering the events that occur in this story it is very easy to see that the biggest theme in the story is humanity cannot survive without its

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