The Birthmark
Updated: 1/17/2020
The Birthmark
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  • "The Birthmark"By Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Danger is nothing to me; for life, while this hateful mark makes me the object of your horror and disgust..."
  • "Ah, wait for this one success, then worship me if you will. I shall deem myself hardly unworthy of it."
  • Introduction: Aylmer and his beautfiul wife Georgiana are introduced into the story. Aylmer's devotion to his work as an accomplished scientist is described, as well as his devotion to his wife. The key part of the introduction is when Aylmer brings up the birthmark on the cheek of his almost-flawless Georgiana.
  • "Remove it, remove it, whatever be the cost, or we shall both go mad!"
  • Rising Action: Georgiana's symbol of imperfection has become unbearable for Aylmer to look upon, and Georgiana has grown to hate it even more than him. As a result, their newfound marriage is crumbling. Georgiana brings the topic up herself, and asks for the birthmark's removal.
  • "Do not repent that so high and pure a feeling, you have rejected the best the earth could offer. Aylmer, dearest Aylmer, I am dying!"
  • "My peerless bride, it is successful! You are perfect!"
  • Climax: At Georgiana's request and Aylmer's own relief, Aylmer begins to experiment on her in hopes to find the perfect way to remove the birthmark without harming Georgiana or damaging her fair skin.
  • Falling Action: Aylmer creates the miracle liquid that Georgina is to intake to remove the birthmark. In sorrow, she bravely drinks it in hope that it will give her the perfection Alymer desires. She falls into a deep sleep soon after.
  • Denouement: Aylmer believes that his operation worked, since the birthmark faded from her cheek faultlessly. However, when Georgiana awakens, she immediately realizes that she is dying. The fatal birthmark was the bond by which the angelic spirit kept itself together with her mortal frame. Alas, she dies.
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