The Birthmark Essay examples

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Demonstrating one’s fascination and ethical downfalls can lead to a question of how they see themselves. This then pursues society to act on what is right and what is normal or to them, perfection. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” illustrates this theme very clearly. Aylmer, the main character has the dream of being a famous alchemist. He becomes very obsessed with this idea but sets his goals to high that he cannot achieve them. Aylmer is constantly seeking for perfection but seems to fail constantly as demonstrated in the story. As Aylmer is still trying to achieve perfection he marries Georgiana who has one imperfection on her body. For Aylmer this becomes another obsession and he must fix it immediately. This is where the conflict occurs and Aylmer sees his wife’s birthmark on her cheek as a defect that must be removed. Georgiana is beautiful but because of one small imperfection Aylmer becomes fascinated with the elimination of her birthmark. Georgiana explains to Aylmer that her birthmark has become a charm to her but Aylmer replies “No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect, which we hesitate to term a defect of a beauty, shocks me, as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection”. Aylmer even believed that this birthmark might be a sign of his wife’s faults or mistakes that she has made. Georgiana then questions her own birthmark when Aylmer begins to dream about removing her birthmark