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Nathaniel Hawthorne [H]e was confident in his science, and felt that he could draw a magic circle round her within which no evil might intrude.
Kassappointed by George W. Even the English majors among us were sent scurrying to find this less well known work, which thankfully is available on-line.
And what do you find when you track it down? Well, it turns out to be a well turned American Frankenstein tale that obviously appeals to Mr. Kass for its portrayal of a "man of science" with more than his share of hubris.
Condescending sniping from libertarians and the Left has already begun. The scientist, named Aylmer, is married to an almost perfectly beautiful woman, whose one slight imperfection is a birthmark on her cheek.
Despite her near flawlessness: It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain.
The crimson hand expressed the ineludible gripe in which mortality clutches the highest and purest of earthly mould, degrading them into kindred with the lowest, and even with the very brutes, like whom their visible frames return to dust.
In this manner, selecting it as the symbol of his wife's liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death, Aylmer's sombre imagination was not long in rendering the birthmark a frightful object Convinced that his mastery of science will surely allow him to remove this blemish and bring her to perfection, Aylmer convinces his wife to allow him to experiment on her, to improve upon nature: Perhaps its removal may cause cureless deformity; or it may be the stain goes as deep as life itself.
Danger is nothing to me; for life, while this hateful mark makes me the object of your horror and disgust,--life is a burden which I would fling down with joy.
Either remove this dreadful hand, or take my wretched life! You have deep science.
All the world bears witness of it. You have achieved great wonders. Cannot you remove this little, little mark, which I cover with the tips of two small fingers?
Is this beyond your power, for the sake of your own peace, and to save your poor wife from madness? I have already given this matter the deepest thought--thought which might almost have enlightened me to create a being less perfect than yourself.
Georgiana, you have led me deeper than ever into the heart of science. I feel myself fully competent to render this dear cheek as faultless as its fellow; and then, most beloved, what will be my triumph when I shall have corrected what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work!The Birthmark - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
STUDY. uncomfortable with his wife's sexual power, wants to remove it to keep himself in control.
The shape of the birthmark. Hawthorne tells us that resembles a tiny hand. too, is the case at the end of the story. The heavy symbolism comes in when Aylmer sees in his dream that the birthmark goes. qq音乐是腾讯公司推出的一款网络音乐服务产品，海量音乐在线试听、新歌热歌在线首发、歌词翻译、手机铃声下载、高品质无损音乐试听、海量无损曲库、正版音乐下载、空间背景音乐设置、mv观看等，是互联网音乐播放和下载的优选。.
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