The Birthmark
The Birthmark
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Antagonist

Character Role Analysis

Aylmer

Then again, in another reading of "The Birthmark," Aylmer is a superficial, obsessive perfectionist who kills his wife by dabbling in matters beyond his control in his blind attempt to play God. And that pretty much says it all as far as Aylmer-as-antagonist goes.


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