Compare The Birthmark And Young Goodman Brown

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C. JoyBell once said that “It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.” The writer of this quotation is telling a reader that if you lose sight of your direction in life that you will lose the way you are going. But to keep you and your truth insight you must reflect upon your actions in the world, and the effect that they have. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the short stories “The Birthmark” and “Young Goodman Brown”, both of them with contesting puritan views. The main character in “The Birthmark” is Aylmer and the protagonist in “Young Goodman Brown” is Goodman Brown. Both of these characters do not embody this quote because they, both, lose sight of their true selves because they are being persuaded by outside forces; however, they struggle to regain their true path because they fail to reflect on their actions.
Aylmer is an opposite representation of C. JoyBell’s quote because he loses sight of his love of Georgiana for scientific perfection, without any self reflection upon the matter. Moreover, Aylmer’s want to dispel Georgiana's birthmark produces a change in his feelings toward her. When discussing the birthmark and a possible removal with Georgiana, Aylmer said, “‘you [Georgiana] came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature… as being the visible mark of earthly

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