Literature analysis of the birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthrone
The short story “The birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays the foolishness of endeavoring to create a perfect being through intruding into the realm of the divine. This message is conveyed in the short story by Aylmer and his beautiful wife Georgiana, who has a hand-shaped birthmark on her left cheek.
Aylmer becomes obsessed with this mark since it kept his wife from being perfect and decides to use his science in removing the birthmark. Hawthorne has used symbols to explain the rapacity of Aylmer and the barriers that exist between the earth, world and heaven.
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Many people go to the extent of obtaining outward beauty and end up losing inner beauty. This birthmark in Georgiana’s face is not a blemish. In reality, it is a defect our misguided value on human beings outer appearance, fears and insecurity that if we don’t remove our imperfections, we will not live to the perfections of the society (Hawthorne).
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