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Obsession in The Birthmark - Obsession in The Birthmark         Scientific research concerning living organisims is usually beneficial. Most medical practices are beneficial; they are done to cure people from illness and to save people's lives. The only time when science borders on going too far is when it is used to alter people or animals -- for instance changing the genes of a fly to give it eyes on its legs. Making mutants like that violates the sanctity of life, and although it is condonable for research with flies, to do something similar to humans would be beyond comprehension....   [tags: Birthmark Essays] 578 words
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Free Birthmark Essays: Understanding The Birthmark - An Analysis of The Birthmark                                                                          The story’s tone is one of romantic controversy, a dilemma at a high level of existence.  The scientist’s love for his craft competes very intensively with his newfound love for his wife.  It is also very psychological, strictly dealing with the raw mind of its subjects as if the ominous narrator told the story from inside their mind, rather than observe it from the outside.  He describes the processes that one may take to reach a certain degree of knowledge and to find the elixir of life, which is described in this story as the ultimate goal of the scientific community.  Also, the narrator is very opinionated about events in the story.              Georgiana is a fine wife, and a seemingly beautiful one, too.  Aylmer expresses deep affection towards his wife, but it is hinted from the beginning that his two passions in life will eventually have to come in conflict.  The meaning of the birthmark shifts suddenly in the end, but in the beginning, it is viewed as Georgiana’s ability to be imperfect and to sin.  It is in the shape of a human hand because an angel supposedly has a grip on her, linking her to the other world.  That is most men’s reactions, but some women viewed it as disastrous to her beauty.  Although Aylmer is not initially concerned with it, it eventually gets to him, obsessively occupying himself with it.  He would stare at it whenever he had a chance, and tried to be candid about it.  When it became apparent that Aylmer was quite concerned with this, Georgiana asked him to elaborate.  He was more disgusted by the mark than Georgiana assessed....   [tags: Birthmark Essays] 846 words
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Essay on the Ambiguity of The Birthmark - Ambiguity of “The Birthmark”                There are numerous instances of ambiguity in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”; this essay hopes to explore critics’ comments on that problem within the tale, as well as to analyze it from this reader’s standpoint.   In New England Men of Letters Wilson Sullivan relates Hawthorne’s usage of opposites in his tales: He sought, in Hamlet’s telling words to his palace players, “to hold the mirror up to nature,” and to report what he saw in that mirror....   [tags: Birthmark Essays]
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The Birthmark - Response Paper #2: 'The Birthmark'; 1. Our society tends to be obsessed with the idea of physical perfection. How does our society manifest that obsession. How is the 'Birthmark'; an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection. Our society has many ways of manifesting its obsession with physical perfection. In our society people go to extreme lengths to achieve perfection. The 'Birthmark';, written more than a century ago, is an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection....   [tags: essays research papers] 390 words
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The Birthmark - Response Paper #2: "The Birthmark" 1. Our society tends to be obsessed with the idea of physical perfection. How does our society manifest that obsession. How is the "Birthmark" an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection. Our society has many ways of manifesting its obsession with physical perfection. In our society people go to extreme lengths to achieve perfection. The "Birthmark", written more than a century ago, is an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection....   [tags: essays research papers] 390 words
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The Birthmark - ... Also, with no margin of doubt, Hawthorne clarifies that it is not only unlawful but also suicidal to compel nature beyond its ordained ultimatum. On the one hand, Romanticism's motive is to wipe out logic and replace it with emotion while, on the other hand, Rationalism is nothing more than any view claiming reason as a source of justification. In this short narrative, we find Romanticism's superiority over Rationalism. The narrative's problematic personage, "Aylmer, is a scientist, artist, aesthete--and newlywed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1083 words
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The Birthmark - ... In both stories, the man is seen as intelligent. In “IND AFF” Peter says he is a professor of classical history and has a “first-class mind” (Weldon page 202). In “The Birthmark” Aylmer is referred to as “a man of science” (Hawthorne page 416) and a “genius” (Hawthorne page 423). Like the men, the women have similarities and differences. For example, in the beginning of both stories, the women seem confident in themselves. Then, the men tell them otherwise. In “IND AFF,” Peter tells the woman she does not have a first-class mind (Weldon 202)....   [tags: Comparison and Contrast, Hawthorne] 883 words
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birthmark - Arrogant, cruel, brutal, and we can use all the synonyms of those words to describe Aylmer’s character. It was his arrogance, what made him think, he is a scientist. It was his cruelty, what made him treat Georgiana like dirt. It was his brutality, what kills Georgiana. But after all this there is a question remain. Was it all his fault. Was he the only one to blame for. If we take a look at the story from a different angel can’t we say that, Georgiana is also to blame for her lack of self-esteem....   [tags: essays research papers] 402 words
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The Birthmark - 	Are you unhappy with your looks. If you are, then you should feel at home as a member of human kind. You can dye your hair and wear colored eye contact lenses. Humankind is the only place where one can receive a "boob-job" or have a tattoo put on your chest and then have it removed when you are ready for a change. An instant, effortless weightloss program. Just step into my office and we will discuss lyposuction. And while we are at it, we should discuss removing that…thing....   [tags: essays research papers] 593 words
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Comparing Free Will in The Birthmark and Carnal Knowledge - Relinquishment of Free Will in The Birthmark and Carnal Knowledge              In literature it is common to find main characters that display unusual strength or might. Rarely are major literary characters (with the exception of villains) weak figures. Authors typically create strong roles for their protagonists. This is not the case, however, in the short stories "Carnal Knowledge" by T. Coraghessan Boyle and "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narrator of "Carnal Knowledge," Jim, and one main character in "The Birthmark," Georgiana, have few outward similarities....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Effects of Kate's Birthmark in Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach - The Effects of Kate's Birthmark in Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach "'It's a birthmark', my mother said over and over. 'Lots of people have birthmarks'"(p.44). In Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach, Kate Burns has a birthmark. The presence of her birthmark causes Kate to be shy and self-conscious. It is her weak spot, affecting how she perceives both herself and others. Because of the focus Kate's birthmark draws to her face, she places great importance on appearance. Kate's stress on the way things look affects her relationships with everyone around her and especially the women in her life....   [tags: McCorkle Ferris Beach Essays]
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Sinclair Ross's The Painted Door and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark - Motivation is the driving force behind all actions and reactions. In both Sinclair Ross's "The Painted Door" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" motivation is the central influence behind decisions made by the characters. It causes a dilemma that invokes an action which eventually leads to the tragically ironic conclusions. One cannot attend to the topic of the motivation of characters without knowing a bit about the characters themselves. The central female character in "The Painted Door", Ann, is struggling for inner satisfaction and happiness in her marriage....   [tags: Literature Analysis Compare] 1552 words
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Diversity in Young Goodman Brown, Ethan Brand, and The Birthmark - Diversity in Young Goodman Brown, Ethan Brand, and The Birthmark "... it is no delusion. There is an Unpardonable Sin!" , a quote by Ethan Brand that is at the root of many stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthornes gloomy, dark style of writing is an emphasis on his theme of evil at societies heart. Writing about what he knew, Hawthorne described the puritan society in different periods of time and defined different characters but all connected through his style....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB] 1515 words
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Flawed Characters of Young Goodman Brown, Rappaccini's Daughter, and The Birthmark - Flawed Characters of Young Goodman Brown, Rappaccini's Daughter, and The Birthmark           In many of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories, he creates characters with either a malicious or evil feature to relay to the reader a more allegorical meaning.  Many would say he targets woman without justification. Therefore a reader may interpret him to be a misogynist.  In the story " Rapaccinni's Daughter" he uses Beatrice as a carrier of a deadly poison.   In " Young Goodman Brown" he targets Faith as the character who is lost to the Devil....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB] 806 words
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Aylmers Sin and Guilt - ... For the state of mind Aylmer is in is emphasizes in Hawthorne writing having him consider his wife "fit for heaven without tasting death" (129). Aylmer’s obsession is with her physical and sexual appearance to himself, in which he has taken into his own hands to perfect. To him, perfection is being exchangeable or equal to physical beauty. Therefore Aylmer shows his sins through actions, greedy thoughts and the attempt to recreate one of God’s creations. Aylmer’s fantasy becomes his overlord, obsessing over the perfection of the physical and sexual appearance of his wife Georgina (Fetterley 165)....   [tags: Character Analysis, Georgina's Birthmark] 2321 words
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The Basis of Medical Practice - ... At Stanford University, the curriculum for a summer-term genetics class was created so that students will learn how to appropriately conduct medical practice: “The idea behind the class is to prepare a new generation of physicians and scientists with the understanding that they need to properly analyze and interpret genetic data” (Jabr 65). Overall, for the sake of their wellbeing, patients would want a doctor who has experience with medicine and how to properly practice it instead of one who does not properly understand the medicinal basics—education can provide these prerequisites....   [tags: Health, The Birthmark, Hawthorne] 1615 words
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Georgians Transformation - In “The Birthmark,'; by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Georgiana’s futile attempt to be flawless by cooperating in her own murder doesn’t make her any wiser, especially because such a sacrifice does not earn her closeness with her husband. The character of Georgiana epitomizes the virtues upheld by the conventions of her time; she is beautiful, docile and has no ambitions of her own other than to make her husband happy. In addition to this apparent perfect union is a "singular mark, deeply interwoven, as it were, with the texture and substance of her face" (Hawthorne 11)....   [tags: essays research papers] 849 words
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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay: Parallels and Differences - To Kill a Mockingbird: Parallels and Differences Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach, a contemporary novel, shares numerous characteristics with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel written in the 1960's. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, McCorkle's novel documents the life of a young girl in a small southern town. The two narrators, Kate Burns and Scout Finch, endure difficult encounters. A study of these main characters reveals the parallels and differences of the two novels. Jill McCorkle duplicates character similarities and rape from Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to show the reader how young girls think and develop....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays] 1759 words
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lord of the flies - The novel Lord of the Flies was full of challenges that the boys overcame in order to survive. Conflicts within themselves, with nature and with each other constantly test the children’s ability to endure. Struggles against the natural elements of the island, rival groups or fear of the unknown continually appear throughout the story. Some of the boys on the island did not survive the quarrels that they faced. They perished because they were lacking something that the surviving boys did not. The survivors had a natural primal instinct or a physical or mental advantage over the boys who did not make it....   [tags: essays research papers] 955 words
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Comparing Three Nathaniel Hawthorne Stories - Nathaniel Hawthorns short stories, such as, Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, Rappaccini’s Daughter and The Birthmark all have an underlying meaning and demonstrate a similar recurring theme. Hawthorne uses his stories to clarify his beliefs on the competition between nature, religion, and science in everyday life. In all three of his short stories he refuses the concept of science coming before religion or nature. Hawthorne clearly thought if nature or religion was tampered with using science it could only end badly, but more specifically with death....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 854 words
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Death of Science - Science Of Death Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer with many successful stories. From reading those stories it is evident that he had an obsession with science and experimenting with people. In his stories you can find characters (or scientists) trying to find answers that typically end in death. This tragic result shows how one of Hawthorne’s main themes is the misuse of science. The misuse of science that Hawthorne establishes in his stories is assiduous, but is most evident in The Birth Mark....   [tags: essays research papers] 546 words
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Thresholds in Ferris Beach - Thresholds in Ferris Beach    Jill McCorkle's Ferris Beach is an enchanting novel that depicts the intellectual and sociological development of Kate Burns. As Kate comes of age over the course of the story, she crosses numerous thresholds, each of which has a profound impact on her unique maturation. The thresholds mark the several stages of Kate's life and stimulate her understanding of the complex world around her. Kate learns that she lives in a world of random chances and opportunities, a world where there are no guarantees, but there are infinite possibilities....   [tags: McCorkle Ferris Beach Essays] 2137 words
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Hawthorne: An Inescapable Burden - An Inescapable Burden A young boy’s parents did not get the opportunity to attend college and they divorced when he was only seven. His father was addicted to crack cocaine and his mother began to sell herself as a source of income. He was tossed back and forth between the two houses and used as a way for the two parents to get back at each other. As a result, this boy grew up to be a criminal and was thrown in jail for selling drugs for his father. This life of crime and debauchery was all that he knew....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Birth Mark Analysis - ... “’What will be my triumph when I shall have corrected what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work!’” (Hawthorne 222). Once again this shows Aylmer is not concerned about his wife but rather his victory of nature itself. Aylmer’s true motives can be seen at the end of the story after he has given Georgiana the liquid that supposedly will take the mark away. “’Matter and spirit-earth and heaven-have both done their part in this. Laugh, thing of the senses. You have earned the right to laugh’” (Hawthorne 231)....   [tags: Character Analysis, Aylmer, Georgiana, Amenidab] 1161 words
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The Basis of Medical Practice - ... For instance, when a patient visits a doctor, the information about his or her health should remain confidential; no one outside of the patient-physician relationship should have access to personal data. Also, physicians should be able to sufficiently inform the patient about his or her prescribed treatment, such as what exactly it is, how much medication should be consumed at a time, and the possible side effects that could arise. Additionally, patients should never be pressured by a doctor into undergoing a treatment that they are uncertain about or opposed to....   [tags: Ethical Issues, Physicians] 1899 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - The Use of Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter is perhaps the most complex and difficult of all Hawthornes short stories, but also the greatest. Nathaniel Hawthorne as a poet, has been characterized as a man of low emotional pressure who adopted throughout his entire life the role of an observer. He was always able to record what he felt with remarkable words but he lacked force and energy. Hawthorne's personal problem was his sense of isolation....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 818 words
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Don DeLillo - Don DeLillo Throughout the twentieth-century, humanity has had the privilege of reading the works of many fine authors. Authors such as Toni Morrison, James Joyce, and even Robert Pinsky all come to mind. But when one thinks of the most prolific writers in the twentieth century, Don DeLillo is certainly one of them. Born in New York City in a small Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, DeLillo was destined to be a writer. He attended Fordham University where, upon graduation, he worked for an advertising agency....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding - In the novel, Lord of the Flies, it is the “beast'; which is the most important and symbolic. It remains, whether considered real or imaginary by the boys on the island, a significant ‘being’. William Golding has chosen to personify the evil that is inside human beings, in the beast. The beginnings of the idea of the beast occur, when Ralph, having been chosen by the group of boys as their leader, is now taking on his role, with an increasing confidence. He is assuring the ‘littluns’ that they will ‘have a good time’ on the island....   [tags: essays research papers] 1594 words
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Arcadia by Tom Stoppard - The author of Arcadia, Tom Stoppard, uses a lot of irony and incorporates a web of relationships and coincidences into his plays that can get a bit confusing, especially if you are not familiar with the things that he makes reference to. In the play, on page thirteen, Lady Croom, Thomasina's mother, compares Mr. Noakes' landscape style to that of Ann Radcliffe's and Horace Walpole's imagery, both of which were Gothic novelists of the eighteenth century. The author's purpose in including this bit is interesting, especially if you are familiar with the novels he refers to....   [tags: essays research papers] 1532 words
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Things are breaking down- I don't understand why - Lord of the flies. - Things are breaking down- I don't understand why - Lord of the flies. There are many mentions of how grand the island is in chapters one to six. The boys have everything they need. They have food in the form of fresh fruit and pigs to hunt, kill and eat 'Finding and devouring food.' They have water from the river; a bathing pool 'He might have been swimming in a huge bath.' Moreover, they have freedom with no adults to tell them what to do and how to do it 'No grown-ups'. The boys can organise themselves as they see fit and make there own rules....   [tags: English Literature] 948 words
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Sociological Observation of Deviant Behavior at Traffic Stop Signs - Sociological Observation of Deviant Behavior at Traffic Stop Signs Sociologists use the term deviance to refer to any violation of norms- whether the infraction is a minor as jaywalking, or as serious as murder. This deceptively simple definition takes us to the heart of the sociological perspective of deviance, which sociologist Howard S. Becker identified this way: it is not the act itself, but the reactions to the act, that make something deviant. In other words, people’s behaviors must be viewers from the framework of the culture in which they take place....   [tags: Observation] 295 words
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Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin in The Scarlet Letter Since the dawn of time people have read, studied and enjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace. No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 552 words
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The Attempt of Civilization in Lord of the Flies - Lord of the flies - Out-line the civilization the boys attempt to establish on the island. How and why does this descend into anarchy. When the boys first crashed on the island, they tried to create a civilization like the one they had in their homeland, Britain. When Ralph and Piggy first found the conch, they used it like a town bell, to call everyone to a meeting, so they would be able to elect a leader and start an ordered society. This worked very well, as boys all over the island heard it, and came to Ralph and Piggy....   [tags: English Literature] 682 words
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Ferris Beach: Automobiles and Motorcycles as Symbols - Ferris Beach:   Automobiles and Motorcycles as Symbols          During adolescence, one makes a transition from a child to a young adult. It is common for an adolescent to be confused and frustrated with new ideas regarding morals and beliefs. People, places, and experiences teach adolescents about life and how to handle different situations., and the environments of the individuals become instrumental for their development. In the novel Ferris Beach, Jill McCorkle provides an example of the learning process of an adolescent girl in the 1970's....   [tags: McCorkle Ferris Beach Essays]
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Ferris Beach - Search for Permanency - Ferris Beach: Search for Permanency Jill McCorkle's novel, Ferris Beach, fits perfectly into the popular genre of the bildungsroman. Ferris Beach tells the story of Kate Burns and her struggle to find her identity in a rapidly changing world. Kate looks for permanency in the swiftly changing environment of the New South. Kate's search for permanency forces her to deal with many of the other vital questions in her life. The struggle to deal with change, a central theme in most bildungsromans, certainly plays a major role in Ferris Beach....   [tags: McCorkle Ferris Beach Essays] 1431 words
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Free Billy Budd Essays: A Deconstructive Reading - A Deconstructive Reading of Billy Budd Billy, who cannot understand ambiguity, who takes pleasant words at face value and then obliterates Claggart for suggesting that one could do otherwise, whose sudden blow is a violent denial of any discrepancy between his being and his doing, ends up radically illustrating the very discrepancy he denies. - Barbara Johnson, p. 86 With Barbara Johnson's splendid Critical Difference we are willy-nilly plunged into deconstruction. At the moment I shall not attempt to explain this radical and highly subversive critical mode, except to say that what you are about to see is an example of it....   [tags: Billy Budd Essays] 1512 words
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Lord Of The Flies - The Beast - THE BEAST Throughout the novel Lord Of The Flies, the boys on the island are constantly faced with various fears. However there is nothing on the island which they fear more than the beast. In Lord Of The Flies, the theme of the beast is extremely important. The beast represents the way in which man will try to convince himself that there is no evil inside of him by making someone or something else seem to be the cause for the evil. There are many examples of evidence to support this throughout the book, but first it is necessary to outline the rise of the beast and the evil within the boys....   [tags: essays research papers] 1334 words
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All about jack in the lord of the flies - All about jack in the lord of the flies The opening chapter begins with two boys, Piggy and Ralph, making their way through the jungle. We learn, through their dialogue, that they had been travelling in an airplane with a group of British school children. The plane had presumably been shot down and crashed on a an island in the Pacific. It is hinted that the rest of the world is at war, and that most of it has been destroyed by nuclear attacks--possibly explaining that the children were being evacuated....   [tags: English Literature] 1673 words
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Symbolism in Lord Of The Flies - Lord of the Flies: Symbolism Imagine a group of young boys who have just crash-landed on a deserted tropical island with no adults or supervision. William Golding showed in his ground breaking novel Lord of the Flies, what may happen in just those circumstances. In his very complicated and diverse novel Golding brings out many ideas and uses many literary devices. Above all others though comes symbolism of three main important objects being the conch, fire, and "Piggy's" eyeglasses. Through each of these three symbols Golding shows how the boys adapt and change throughout the novel....   [tags: Lord Flies William Golding Symbolism Analysis] 935 words
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Ralph in William Golding's Lord Of The Flies - William Golding’s literary masterpiece, Lord of the Flies, is closely examined by experts and amateurs for its powerful characters, themes, and plot. Golding’s characters evolve and mature throughout the novel, each losing a part of himself as the story progresses. After all, as one trades innocence and naiveté for maturity and understanding, his systems of beliefs and his thoughts must change. These changes are often a result of being removed from a familiar environment, in which case the individual is forced to adapt quickly to a new one....   [tags: Lord Flies William Golding] 1178 words
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Lord Of The Flies; An Attempt To Trace The Defects Of Human Nature - Lord of the Flies "An attempt to trace the defects of human society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable." Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of British boys who get plane-wrecked on a deserted island. The boys cooperate, gather fruit, make shelters, and maintain a signal fire. When they get there they are civil schoolboys but soon show that being away from society and the real world it brings out their true nature and they break apart and turn into savages....   [tags: William Golding] 1021 words
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The Line between Democracy and Totalitarianism in Lord of the Flies - ... While this was only the first time the two sides meet, the two sides only become more distanced by every time they meet. Furthermore, Golding uses frequent meetings to further establish the lines between Ralph and Jack and Democracy and Totalitarianism. At an ordinary meeting, one boy stands up who was “a shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry –colored birthmark” (Golding 35). This boy, although shy and disfigured, is given the opportunity to speak by Ralph....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Golding] 1227 words
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birthmark - Birthmarks, are they a sign of imperfection or not. Are they a curse or something special. In the 1840’s when this story The Birthmark was written the social beliefs were heavily influenced by the Puritan religion. It was believed that religion was the answer to all problems which left no room for science, the two were totally incompatible. Another puritan belief was in the biblical creation theory which was basically that god created the earth, he was responsible for giving life and the taking it away....   [tags: essays research papers] 456 words
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“The Birthmark”: Obsessing About Perfection - ... Seeing himself as god like, he thinks he can remove it and make her perfect. Aylmer is a scientist and possibly a sorcerer whose very name means “noble and famous”. He made many discoveries in his laboratory about the powers of nature and as a young man, earned the “admiration of all the learned societies in Europe.” (Hawthorne 228). I think his god like view of himself comes out when his wife questions his ability to be able to remove the birthmark. His response is, “Noblest-dearest-tenderest wife!” cried Aylmer, rapturously, “Doubt not my power....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne Women's roles during the time of Nathaniel Hawthorne's writings were that of the submissive housewife. The male dominated society made all women feel inferior and oppressed. They were told to believe that the male, their husband was the ruler of the house. What he said went and a proper lady would obey his orders and do every thing possible to make his wishes come true. The role of Georgiana in The Birthmark takes on one of the traditional subservient woman of the time....   [tags: Papers] 400 words
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Rappaccini's Daughter and The Birthmark - Rappaccini's Daughter and The Birthmark How are experiments done without the use of guinea pigs to help us learn and understand what is being studied. Everyday lab animals, such as mice, are used in experiments as guinea pigs because they provide similar reactions in comparison to the human body. Thus, mush knowledge of science is gained through guinea pigs. However, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic stories "Rappaccini’s Daughter" and "The Birthmark" rather use humans to test their scientific studies....   [tags: Science Experiments Ethics Essays] 802 words
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A Comparison of The Ministers Black Veil and the Birthmark - A Comparison of The Ministers Black Veil and the Birthmark Both of these stories revolve around a lot of symbolism. These stories, since they really don't make a lot of sense on their own, force the reader to look deeper in an attempt to understand the ideas that Hawthorne tries to get across. The first and most evident symbol is the faces of the people. Georgiana has the birthmark if the shape of a hand, and the black veil that Hooper wore. I think that Hawthorne chooses to focus on the peoples faces because a person"'"s face is pretty much the center of their being....   [tags: Comparative Literature Essays] 795 words
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Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World - Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" continues to reflect a reality of science today that believes all things can be improved. Like Aylmer looking at his wife Georgiana and seeing only her birthmark as a flaw to be fixed, scientists today look at nature and humanity and see not beauty or symmetry, but imperfections. We do not like to see blight on our plants, birth defects in our children, the ravages of disease, or the effects of natural disasters. Indeed a scientist's first impulse is to do something about them, to find a cure....   [tags: American Literature] 433 words
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Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered to be one of the most substantial writers of his time. His most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter truly originated Hawthorn’s version of romantic writing. It was this novel that also originated Hawthorne’s fame. Most of his works deal with or have some relation to Puritan times. The reason for the familiarity in his works is due to the fact that it seems to be influenced by his own Puritan ancestry. It was not until late in Hawthorne’s life that he received recognition....   [tags: essays research papers] 859 words
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Darwin and Gamble's Debate - Darwin and Gamble's Debate Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" gives a human face to Darwin and Gamble's academic debate concerning natural selection. In the story, Georgiana has a birthmark on her cheek that has been visible her entire life, but was just starting to agitate her husband, Aylmer. He used science to successfully rid his wife of the birthmark, but the procedure was fatal. The process that the couple went through appears to be a response to the theory of natural selection, with her death as the ultimate conclusion....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne The Birthmark Essays]
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Hawthorne's Jewels of Life - ... An example of someone not loving another for who they truly are is given throughout the story in “The Birthmark”. In fact, the entire story is based off this concept. Aylmer finds himself obsessed with the beauty of his wife, the beauty that Georgiana could have if not for the birthmark on her cheek. He does not appreciate how self-sacrificing she is, how devoted she is to pleasing him. Instead, he is only able to focus on how perfect she would be if it were not for the red mark upon her face: “Had she been less beautiful...he might have felt his affections heightened by the prettiness of this mimic hand.......   [tags: Literature]
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Aylmer Vs. Nature - ... In this taunting manner, the symbol motivates his hatred and his ambition in its removal as he shudders with every glance. With this in mind, his commitment of sin is evidently the cause of the sorrow, decay, and death of his wife. On account of his disgust, he inflicts Georgiana with sorrow because, unlike him, she completely devotes her loyalty and affections towards him. Alongside this, his folio of failure documented in his scientific journal and the recent lack of success from the birthmark’s elixir, demonstrates the ruin of his aspirations signifying “decay”....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hawthorne: Experiments Gone Wrong - ... He decides he wants it removed, so Georgiana willingly drinks a concoction after seeing its effects on a diseased geranium. Aylmer then says, “There is no taint of imperfection on thy spirit. Thy sensible frame, too, shall soon be all perfect” (Hawthorne, “The Birthmark” 11). After she drinks, the birthmark vanishes, but she perishes because that part of her is lost. All of these short stories have a different experiment being performed in them, and that is a major similarity they share. Another shared similarity among the three stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne is that they each have one major symbol in them....   [tags: Literature]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter      Carl Jung believed that the source of symbols is universal. Symbols arise from the collective unconscious common to all humans everywhere. Joseph Campbell's research supports this theory; he traces universal archetypes through the stories, myths, and artwork of various cultures. While most work done with symbolism has focused on the universality of symbols, Nathaniel Hawthorn focuses on their personal, subjective meanings.   A universal symbol arises from the symbol's relationship to reality; thus, such a symbol remains the same across cultures and with different individuals....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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