The birthmark

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Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a time of great change in America. In the mid-nineteenth century, Americans began to experience a shift in focus from the once stringent religious outlook to a more scientific view of the world and its natural wonders. Americans, however, did look at these new scientific discoveries with much hesitation, questioning their long-term effects on society as a whole. Hawthorne’ s work, “The Birth Mark echoes these sentiments and combine natural faith with …

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…that she possessed both inside and out that made him desire to spend the rest of his days with her. “…he failed to look beyond the shadowy scope of Time, and living once and for all in Eternity, to find the perfect Future in the present (Birthmark, 1273);” therefore, he was forced to spend eternity without the one that truly loved him—unconditionally. WORKS CITED Michelson, Bruce. Norton Anthology of American Literature. The Birtmark, pp1261-73.