What are three examples of conflict in the short story "The Birthmark," by Nathaniel Hawthorne? Explain how your understanding of the story changes with each conflict.

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I would say the initial conflict that shapes "The Birthmark" is person versus person: Aylmer's disapproval of his wife's birthmark, which surprises and upsets Georgiana. What's important here, however, is that this initial conflict between two people, first expressed when Aylmer asks Georgiana about removing the mark, will eventually be transformed and internalized so that Georgiana herself comes to despise the mark (eventually even more than her husband had initially despised it). Thus, while these two factors can be expressed as two separate conflicts, it is important to note the close connection between them, with the one informing and creating the other. The external disapproval of her husband has resulted in an internal crisis within Georgiana herself, which will shape the rest of the plot.

The third critical conflict, also internal (and one which, in many respects, hangs over the entire story as a whole), revolves around Aylmer and his own obsession with perfection. This is...

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