America in Class Lessons

Aylmer’s Motivation in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”

Author: Schramm, Richard R. (NHC Vice President for Education Programs, 1984–2016)

Advisor: Richards, Eliza (NHC Fellow, 2010–11)

Aylmer, the protagonist of Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark,” undertakes to remove the blemish from his wife’s cheek to satisfy his own spiritual strivings and to redeem what he sees as a failed career.

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Subjects: Literature; Fiction and Poetry; Education Studies; Short Stories; American Literature; Plot; Characterization