Aylmer is a man obsessed with science, plain and simple. For some short time when he wasn’t cooped up in his laboratory, he met Georgiana, fell in love with her, and the two were wed. Their love fell short next to his love for science in which he devoted most of his time to. His extensive knowledge of science intermingled with his obsession for perfection which managed to make it’s way into his marriage. He sees Georgiana as an object that falls short of perfection, “No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature that this slightest possible defect, which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty, shocks me, as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection." (Hawthorne 212). I believe that Aylmer views Georgiana as an object to experiment on and he exploits the fact that she is in love with him in order to get his own way. He cares not for what she wants or what she is comfortable with. He is a selfish man who only thinks of his own desires and says that Georgiana has lead him deeper into the heart of science. She is manipulated by Aylmer to find the once charming birthmark on her...
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...e may be in denial about his own failures, in order to see an unmarked face. His need takes the soul out of Georgiana, a once lively and confident girl.
In modern times, this still happens in cases where a husband may not find his wife’s breasts to be big enough so he may pressure her into getting a breast augmentation. Although these two things may be completely different, the control for perfection in another human being is still the underlying cause of these behaviors. Aylmer not only kills his wife to pursue his own needs, he breaks her down in the process. He not only kills her in one way but in two, he kills her soul and he kills her body. Some may argue that she could’ve left but she loved him and that ended up to be her ultimate downfall. To please a man like Aylmer will never be enough to keep him satisfied, he will pick and pick until there is nothing left.
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