The Importance Of Science In The Birthmark And Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

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Science is an amazing thing given to us by God himself to understand the universe he made. Science, although, can be used to rebel against what God has set forth for us, such as beauty and love or the human mind.
Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short stories “The Birthmark” and “Dr. Heidegger 's Experiment” capture the original sin humans have within them, and expresses them in each of his stories similarly, such as loving science more than humanity or their very wife.
In the short story “The Birthmark” we see Aylmer, who has a solid passion for science, such a passion it is strange that he takes a day off his work for his marriage. Aylmer’s wife has a mark on her cheek she believes is a charm, the mark begins to bother Aylmer more and more until
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How does Aylmer marry someone without discussing this birthmark? How does Georgiana marry him without seeing his work before? These questions all lead to the ultimate purpose of this story, that Aylmers obsession with perfection in the physical world had tempted him to the point of killing his wife. He had not discussed the mark or shown her his work because he was obsessed with her and his science was perfection. Georgianna was not perfect and didn’t fit into his work of perfection. The original sin here is temptation and the temptation is easily portrayed in the science of Aylmer. This is temptation of the flesh, in this case the temptation of perfection of the one he loves. Like the original sin Adam and Eve committed, the temptation to be like God. Aylmer attempted to mix the flaws of humanity with the “perfection” of his work, and it clashed with dissonance to the point of Georgiannas…show more content…
Although the same outline, a doctor has an experiment, he has patients that try the experiment, something horrible happens, and the doctor does nothing but watch in the name of science. Dr. Heidegger was Tempted by science to keep watching the experiment. It seems as if growing up through the first industrial revolution into the first modern war (being the Civil War) had given Hawthorne the impression of a negative change. Similar to those of us today who are against technology and robots, computers and automatic machinery it seems that hawthorne was against the updating science and technology such as the cotton gin, which indirectly starts the Civil War. Hawthorne portrays this feeling quite obviously through the number of his short stories about science and experimentation to update technology, supposing that one day this is what we will become, a bunch of tempted people seeking youthfulness and human perfection through medication. In ways we are already there, with things like 3D printing body parts and organs we will be able to counteract aging and merge into human
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