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The Birthmark: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Birthmark: Themes
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Brief Biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Historical Context of The Birthmark
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- Full Title: The Birthmark
- Where Written: Massachusetts
- When Published: 1843 and 1846
- Literary Period: Romanticism, the American Renaissance
- Genre: short story
- Setting: late eighteenth century, possibly in Europe
- Climax: the disappearance of the birthmark, coinciding with Georgiana’s death
- Antagonist: mortality, nature
- Point of View: third person
Extra Credit for The Birthmark
Friendship through vegetables. When Hawthorne and his wife moved into their house, the Old Manse, in Concord, Massachusetts, transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau planted a vegetable garden for them.
Digging up bodies. Hawthorne’s wife and daughter were buried in London for 129 years, until 2006, when their bodies were dug up and moved to Massachusetts to rest beside Hawthorne’s own.