Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The story I chose to evaluate was “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. “The Birth-mark” is a story about a scientist named Aylmer who marries a beautiful lady named Georgiana. Georgiana knew she was beautiful with her birth-mark and says “To tell you the truth it has been so often called a charm, that I was simple enough to imagine it might be so.” “Ah, upon another face, perhaps it might” says Aylmer. This is the beginning of Georgiana feeling insecure about her birth-mark. The birth-mark starts to bother her and now she knows her husband does not like it. Aylmer starts obsessing out removing the birth-mark and having dreams about ways to ridden the mark from his beautiful wife’s face. He confides in Georgiana about these horrible dreams and she want to please her husband and stop the horrific dreams. She decided that she loved her husband so much no matter her fears of her fate she would let him remove the birth-mark. Aylmer created a mixture that Georgiana drank that faded the birth-mark he had disliked so much that hindered the full beauty of his wife. Aylmer felt success when he realized his potion was fading the birth-mark but it also took his beautiful wife’s life.

“The Birth-Mark” is a really amazing story to read that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote. This story is a wonderful story about peer pressures in life. It shows the extreme results for trying to conform to another person’s image. It also shows that peer pressure can come from people that are supposed to support you and love you for who you are and what you look like. A husband being disgusted about a feature on a wife’s face and then she gives her life to change for him is tragic.

The positive part of this story was that people reading can understand that everyone is different. People are special with their blemishes and flawless body. People should be loved for what is on the inside and not the outside. I was always told beauty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone. It makes a lot of sense...
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