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Introduction This study guide Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid Please click on the literary analysis category you wish to be displayed. Back and Next buttons can guide you through all the sections or you can choose to jump from section to section using the links below or the links at the left. Author : Jamaica …

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Birthmark : Biography

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Hathorne, a sea captain, and Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors came from England as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century. Hawthornes father died when he was a boy, and his mother and sisters moved in with the Mannings …

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Birthmark : Theme

Forbidden KnowledgeAylmer is a recognized scientist whose discoveries are apparently accepted by The Royal Society in London. Yet there is mystery about his pursuits, hints that Aylmer goes beyond the bounds of rational inquiry. He has the textbooks of the alchemists, his “sorcerers books,” in his library, who by the time of the story were …

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“He had devoted himself, however, too unreservedly to scientific studies ever to be weaned from them by any second passion.” This foreshadowing near the beginning of the story warns that Aylmer was first a scientist, and second, a husband. “Georgiana, said he, has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might …

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Birthmark : Metaphor

The Birthmark, Eve, and PygmalionIt is often through his symbols and metaphors that Hawthorne conveys a philosophy of relativism rather than an absolute morality. Symbols, people, and settings have alternate suggested meanings depending on the observer and the situation. The birthmark is the main symbol of the story, for instance. It is the way Hawthorne …

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Aminadab Aminadab is Aylmer’s laboratory assistant. He is hairy and squat, looking primitive in appearance. He is said to be the type of material man, completely at home in the physical world. He has “mechanical readiness and ability but does not understand a single principle.” He carries out Aylmer’s orders without understanding what the experiments …

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