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Imperfection In The Birthmark

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In the piece “The Birthmark” it is impossible and foolish to try to reach perfection. Because we all have been stamped with the imperfections of nature when Adam and Eve took a bite from the tree in the garden of Eden….. It is impossible to reach perfection because even Almyer himself had imperfections, as we later find out when Georgiana is in the laboratory reading his accomplishments, as well as his downfalls. I don’t believe Almyer wanted Georgiana to find the book. Because he didn’t want her to realize he was imperfect as well. But, the only one that is truly perfect is God. In this piece Georgiana could have flipped the script on Almyer, and ask him about his imperfections. But, she only wanted for Alymer to be happy and to gain his approval, which is why it states “So deeply these reflections affect Georgiana that she laid her face upon the open…show more content…
As well as the character, Georgiana. It states that “It was the sad confession and continual exemplification of the shortcomings of the composite man, the spirit burdened with clay and working matter, and of the despair that assails the higher nature at finding itself so miserably thwarted by the earthly part.” So, the chosen theme says to me that, we as a society strive for perfection. Just as the girl in “Barbie Doll” was made to hate her big nose, and fat legs, Georgiana was made to hate her birthmark. No matter how we, as a society strive for perfection. We will never reach it until we go to Heaven… I take from this story, even if you don’t please the people around you, you shouldn’t have to change yourself to be perfect, or die trying. Both girls in the “Barbie Doll” as well as “The Birthmark” end up dying to finally get approval of their appearances. So, if I have to die to be “perfect” or to gain approval. Then, I guess approval and acceptance are something I just won’t
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