English Essay Hawthorne Stories 1

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Life Lessons
Sometimes people make mistakes in life, but it is normal because no one is perfect in life. The important thing is that people should learn from their mistakes and not to make the same mistake over and over. They have to be grateful for who they are and what they have in life and never be unappreciated. Nathaniel Hawthorne's two stories use humans to test their scientific studies. The stories show two families of science-based backgrounds caught between a passion for success in their scientific studies, and love between a father and a daughter and a husband and a wife. In the two stories " Rappaccini's Daughter" and " The Birthmark", the two scientists want to success in their scientific lives. They risk the lives of people around them just to experiment their scientific studies, but they never became successful because there should be nothing stronger and better than the real love to each other. Rappaccini is the father of Beatrice and a scientist that loves his scientific studies and daughter’s wellbeing. Beatrice’s sister, said that the only thing she can handle is the plant and hold it without dying in her hands. Rappaccini’s experiment to save his daughter from the evils of the world is unsuccessful because he holds Beatrice back from the freedom and experiences of life she desires. Rappaccini drove his daughter to death from his overprotection because he failed to succeed. On the other hand, Aylmer would do anything to make his wife perfect by removing her dearest birthmark and he was a man with great passion for his science. He has a dream, one that gives him an idea of how he can take away the birthmark from Georgiana’s face. As time passes, she finds herself disliking her birthmark and agrees to go to Aylmer’s laboratory for the removal of her unique possession. Aylmer was so overcome for his love for science and a cure for his Georgiana’s birthmark that it drove him to execute his wife in order for her to be unspoiled. He never once thought beauty comes from the inside, and it takes more than looks to be a beautiful person. The lessons taught in the Birthmark and Rappaccini's Daughter include God's perfect plan overrides science's perfect plan, science can lead to catastrophe, and perfection is impossible. Through his writings, Nathaniel Hawthorne teaches many good lessons to people who read the stories especially the young generation interested in scientific fields.
First of all, Hawthorne's stories teach many good lessons to people who reads them, revealing God’s perfect plan overrides science perfect plan. For example, in the story of "Birthmark", used the quote “Its shape bore not a little similarity to the human hand”(178). This proves that God created the birthmark on Georgiana's face and a human's hand can still remove it from her face. People with higher knowledge prefer to change God's creations to their own, which in almost every case they fail because nothing can overcome God's power and beautiful creations. For instance, the higher perception, the creative ability, the soul, and even the heart may all find their pleasant living in interests until the researcher should lay his hands on the puzzle of innovative force and perhaps make new planets for himself. This shows that people with very high education and knowledge live with their own beliefs which eventually make them trust their own innovations than what God has created. Another example that is used in "Rappaccini's Daughter" could be “Nor did he fail again to observe, or imagine, an analogy between the beautiful girl and the gorgeous shrub that hung its gemlike flowers over the fountain; a resemblance which Beatrice seemed to have indulged a fantastic humor in heightening, both by the arrangement of her dress and the selection of its hues" (213). This shows proves that people sometime forget about the natural beauty; even though, they can see wonderful apparel, they still prefer to use their knowledge to change things with higher risk