The Birthmark


Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Aminadab Character Analysis

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 represents the natural world in human form, contrasting with Aylmer’s more spiritual and abstract presence. Although Aylmer disdains Aminadab’s intelligence, Aminadab’s strong connection to the mortal world allows him to understand the birthmark better than Aylmer does, and he expresses his opinion that it should not be removed. However, he submits to Aylmer’s control as willingly as Georgiana does, and plays his part in the experiment without protest.

Aminadab Quotes in The Birthmark

The The Birthmark quotes below are all either spoken by Aminadab or refer to Aminadab. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Birthmark published in 2011.
The Birthmark Quotes

The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame. As the last crimson tint of the birthmark—that sole token of human imperfection—faded from her cheek, the parting breath of the now perfect woman passed into the atmosphere, and her soul, lingering a moment near her husband, took its heavenward flight. Then a hoarse, chuckling laugh was heard again! Thus ever does the gross fatality of earth exult in its invariable triumph over the immortal essence which, in this dim sphere of half development, demands the completeness of a higher state.

Related Characters: Aylmer, Georgiana, Aminadab
Related Symbols: The Birthmark
Page Number: 193
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Aminadab Character Timeline in The Birthmark

The timeline below shows where the character Aminadab appears in The Birthmark. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...shudders involuntarily when he catches sight of the birthmark. Georgiana faints, and Aylmer calls for Aminadab, his assistant, to help him. Ignorant of all scientific principles, Aminadab is a physically strong,... (full context)
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Georgiana hears Aylmer talking to Aminadab in the inner room of the laboratory. When Aylmer emerges again, he directs Georgiana’s attention... (full context)
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...presence, she notices that here Aylmer is intense and worried as he keeps watch over Aminadab’s work. (full context)
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Aylmer pulls back a curtain, and sunlight falls on Georgiana’s cheek. He hears Aminadab laughing and congratulates him on their mutual success, saying that earth and heaven worked together... (full context)