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The Love of Science In this essay I will discuss how science manifests evil in Nathaniel Hawthornes The Birthmark Science is a major asset in the world today The use and dependence of science is overwhelming Many scientific experiments are ungodly Hawthorne brings up many important issues in his story I will concentrate on how Aylmer puts his love for science before his love for other people and himself Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem Massachusetts of a prominent Puritan family Hawthornes father died when he was very young and this influenced his somber and solitary attitude Hawthorne read works by many different poets and romancers As Hawthorne became a man he married Sophia Peabody Even though his marriage was a happy turning point in his life Hawthorne still refused to share the optimistic philosophy of Transcendentalism While making his home in the Old Manse he continued his analysis of the Puritan mind This was the breaking point for his writing Moses From and Old Manse which included The Birthmark In Hawthornes The Birthmark Aylmer actually puts his first love science aside to persuade a lover He feels that it is time to find a wife Years ago it was not unusual for the love of science to rival the love of woman in its depth and absorbing energy Hawthorne 277 Once married Aylmer brings to his new wifes attention the small birthmark upon her cheek When he asks her if she has ever thought about removing it she is very upset with her husband He asks has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed Hawthorne 278 She is surprised that her husband would even ask his wife such a question Her response is it has been so often called a charm that I was simple enough to imagine it might be so Hawthorne 278 Aylmers response is very cruel He says we hesitate whether to
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