“The Birth-Mark” is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was originally published in 1843. The story follows Aylmer, an ambitious scientist who is newly married. Aylmer becomes obsessed with a birthmark on the cheek of his new wife, Georgiana, and he is determined to remove it. Georgiana, eager to please her new husband, says that she will undergo any risk to have the birthmark removed. The story explores themes of science, nature, hubris, and perception.