defying nature can be seen again when he is discussing the mark on Georgiana’s cheek. “’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 219). This shows Aylmer is not trying to remove the mark as an act of love, but instead trying to remove the mark because it symbolizes a stain of imperfection by nature.
Hawthorne’s short story “The Birth-Mark” is a story symbolic of society’s tendency to pressure on an individual to conform. Georgiana is an ideal wife; she is beautiful, happy, and, most of all, puts her husband’s happiness over her own. She is so shocked to learn that her husband, Aylmer, finds her birthmark appalling, that when he proposes to experiment on it, she is willing to subject herself to the tests to please him. Eventually, though Aylmer is able to eradicate the mark he feels disfigures her
In the short story The Birth-mark, Aylmer: scientist, philosopher and perfectionist, is married to Georgiana, a woman of unthinkable beauty and possibly the closest woman to ever reach perfection. However, the tiny hand shaped mark that lay on the surface of her cheek aggravates Aylmer and he thinks day and night of how he may get rid of it in order to help Georgiana reach the perfection that he longs for. The actions that he proceeds to take, prove that he is indeed the villain and the one to blame
Humans have been known to seek perfection/true beauty for centuries, yet there has always been a limit to these ventures. Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” shows us the extent of action that an obsessed scientist will conduct, even to his own wife, in the hopes of obtaining perfection without knowing the depth of true beauty. Aylmer becomes disgusted/obsessed with his wife Georgiana’s birthmark that is shaped like a small crimson colored hand. He acknowledges that his wife is beautiful and the narrator
“The Birth-mark” and “Ligeia” both reveal the destructive effects of obsession with perfection on the principal male and female characters. “The Birth-mark” is a story about a young woman, Georgiana, whose husband convinces her that the removal of her birthmark will make her perfect and pure. “Ligeia” is a story about another young woman, Rowena, who is driven to sickness and death because of her husband’s obsession with his former “perfect” wife and her inability to measure up. These separate husbands
century writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was writing about feminine beauty and the lengths man will go to in order to achieve that physical perfection long before the era of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Nip/Tuck”. Hawthorne’s classic tale “The Birth-mark” seems to caution against “perfecting” nature’s beauty through the use of science. “The Birthmark” introduces us to a fervent scientist, Aylmer, who marries a beautiful young woman, Georgiana. Try as he might, Aylmer cannot keep his passions
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birth-Mark”, Aylmer is plagued by the smallest mark on his wife’s cheek and eventually kills her in an attempt to remove it. I explored what happened after her death and instead of following Hawthorne’s ending where Aylmer is pleasantly surprised with the removal of Georgiana’s birthmark, I looked at what might happen if the birthmark stayed on her cheek. I wanted to delve deeper into the true madness of his character and how he might come to the realization
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s clear insight about humanity diseases, sins and quarrels, and, along with these conflicts, their paradoxes influences one of his finest works, “The Birth-Mark”( ). Interestingly, the Grimm Brothers’ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” tells a similar story through symbolism and character development. Both authors use symbolism to establish the bridge between life and the state of death and to show sign of dominance. In addition, the parallelism between the two stories demonstrates
Some say that beauty is only skin deep and believe that "inner beauty," is a whole lot more important. They are a small minority. Most of us strive for perfection in appearances--it may be our own personal appearance defined by the perfect clothes and the perfect look, the perfect home we live in, or the perfect car we absolutely must have. People today are no different today than they were in the 19th century, and we get an in depth understanding of the obsession with "being perfect" in Nathaniel
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