Hawthorne's suspicion of the modern significance of science
Many Hawthorne characters are confronted by inner conflict and never solved the burden for a neat solution. However, the "birthmark" has a morality that is more definitive than some of Hawthorne's other work. The social significance of this story, written more than 150 years ago, has entered our modern era, surprisingly clear. The obsession with material perfection and the struggle between scientific progress and human morality are crucial to the hearts of many in today's society.
Hawthorne's distrust of science In the "Mad Scientist"