The Birth mark by N. Hawthorne
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Who is Aylmer?
a brilliant scientist and natural philosopher who has abandoned his experiments for a while to marry the beautiful Georgiana
What does Georgiana's birthmark look like and where?
a tiny red mark in the shape of a hand on her cheek
When does the mark disappear?
when she blushes
What does Aylmer say that makes Georgiana cry?
because the rest of her face is so perfect, her birthmark is shocking
Which character is dynamic and round; why?
Georgiana, because her opinions change
Which character is static and flat; why?
Aylmer, because he never changes the way he sees his wife
How do most men/women view her birthmark?
Men love it & most women think it ruins her beauty but it might be because of jealously
What does the birthmark symbolize to Aylmer?
mortality & sin
Who grows to hate the birthmark even more than Aylmer?
Georgiana. She only cares about his opinion. She becomes horrified of her appearance and discards years of praise
What does Aylmer dream about?
removing the birthmark with a knife, plunging down until he had reached her heart & had to cut it out also
What is Georgiana willing to risk to remove the birthmark?
What makes Georgiana faint?
her husband shuddering at the sight of her birth mark
Who is Aminadab?
Aylmer's grotesque assistant
What does Aminadab comment about the birthmark?
that if she were his wife, he would never remove it
Why does Aylmer throw the photograph plate into acid?
It showed only her birthmark
What does Aylmer think he can do by turning base metal into gold?
create a potion that would give eternal life
Why does Georgiana cry when reading his scientific journals?
she realizes his achievements always fall short of his goals he originally set
What does Georgiana confront Aylmer about when he catches her spying on him in his lab?
not trusting her and hiding his fears
What does Aylmer reveal to Georgiana after she promises to drink whatever he gives her?
it will go deep into her body and it's dangerous
What is Georgiana's immediate reaction to the potion?
she falls asleep
What wakes Georgiana?
Aylmer and Aminadab's cheers and laugh that the birthmark is fading
What are Georgiana's final words to Aylmer before she dies?
not to feel bad about rejecting "the best that earth could offer"
What does this story reveal about Aylmer?
he longs to control nature (a god-like control)
When does Georgiana's birth mark show up most strongly?
When she is pale
How does Aylmer balance his love of science with his love for his wife?
He thinks of a way to connect his love for her and science.
The story is ironic because
Aylmer set out to make Georgiana perfect and ends up destroying her
The turning point/climax of the story is when
Georgiana drinks from the goblet given to her by Aylmer
Choose one example of foreshadowing and explain with evidence.
Tell the theme of the story and explain with evidence.
Ex: The pursuit of perfection is foolish; Science vs Nature
Is the way a person looks connected to who he or she is? Explain.
How far should a person be willing to go to improve an imperfection?
If Aylmer knew the potion would kill his wife, but still remove the birthmark, would he give it to her anyway?