The Birthmark


Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Birthmark Characters


Aylmer is an accomplished scientist, and Georgiana’s husband. Although he has achieved many impressive scientific feats, he has also often failed to accomplish what he aimed to. He becomes completely obsessed with Georgiana’s birthmarkread analysis of Aylmer


Georgiana is Aylmer’s wife and the subject of his experimentation. Although she is very beautiful and much admired by men, she has a small, reddish, hand-shaped birthmark on her left cheek. Its visual prominence… read analysis of Georgiana


Aminadab is Aylmer’s laboratory assistant. He is a grotesque character—physically strong, ugly, and “earthy.” He does not understand any of the science behind Aylmer’s experiments, but ably executes whatever tasks Aylmer sets him. Aminadab… read analysis of Aminadab