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The Birthmark

por Nathaniel Hawthorne

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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Birthmark (Psychological Thriller)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Excerpt:"One day, very soon after their marriage, Aylmer sat gazing at his wife with a trouble in his countenance that grew stronger until he spoke. "Georgiana," said he, "has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?" (The Birthmark)The Birthmark deals with the husband's deeply negative obsession of his wife's outer appearances and what does that entail for these two young couples. The birthmark represents various things throughout the story. Two of the main representations are imperfection and mortality.American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne's (1804-1864) writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. Hawthorne has also written a few poems which many people are not aware of. His works are considered to be part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often centre on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity.… (mais)
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perfection = death
  ritaer | Jul 5, 2020 |
This short story was just okay at best. Aylmer, who was a brilliant scientist, was pretty much a jerk. He supposedly loved his wife yet he obsessed day and night over the birthmark on her cheek wondering how to rid her of her imperfection. ( )
  PaulaLT | Dec 22, 2019 |
Short story about a great scientist (Aylmer) who becomes fixated on his wife's birthmark, which is on her cheek, to the point where he goes to any lengths to remove it. I didn't like Aylmer at all. ( )
  SandraLynne | Dec 18, 2019 |
(1843) A young woman has always thought that the small birthmark on her cheek was rather a charming feature. Certainly none of her many beaus ever thought it detracted from her beauty. But the man she finally married not only sees it as a flaw, but becomes obsessed with this imperfection, and insists on trying medical and alchemical methods to remove it.

This obsession leads to the destruction of the couple's happiness, some ethically suspect actions, and, of course, eventual tragedy.

The whole piece is heavily allegorical and works as a metaphor for the potential that all of have to let small things bother us more than they should. I actually thought the piece would've been stronger if the message was a little less heavy-handed, and a little less religious.

(Previously read... many years ago.) ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Great, well-written story ( )
  MariaBooks | Jul 14, 2011 |
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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Birthmark (Psychological Thriller)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Excerpt:"One day, very soon after their marriage, Aylmer sat gazing at his wife with a trouble in his countenance that grew stronger until he spoke. "Georgiana," said he, "has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?" (The Birthmark)The Birthmark deals with the husband's deeply negative obsession of his wife's outer appearances and what does that entail for these two young couples. The birthmark represents various things throughout the story. Two of the main representations are imperfection and mortality.American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne's (1804-1864) writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. Hawthorne has also written a few poems which many people are not aware of. His works are considered to be part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often centre on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity.

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