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Symbolism In The Birthmark

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“...but the deeper went the knife, the deeper sank the hand, until at length its tiny grasp appeared to have caught hold of Georgiana's heart; whence, however, her husband was inexorably resolved to cut or wrench it away” (Hawthorne 335). This excerpt from Aylmer’s dream perfectly demonstrates his anger towards his wife’s little birthmark. A birthmark does not appear to be capable of creating such inner turmoil in someone purely based upon definition, for it is simply a slight imperfection or blotch that has resided on the skin since birth. It can be large, small, clearly visible, or non-existent to the common eye. Some may even consider these marks to be a gift, a sign of beauty or individuality, whereas others, along with Aylmer, may believe it to be a flaw: a curse. Within Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”, Georgiana’s particular birthmark held a small rosy impression in the shape of a tiny hand on her left cheek, which glowed on her pale skin (334). Her husband Aylmer hated nature’s signature on his wife’s otherwise perfect appearance, and he eventually lead Georgiana to despise it even more than himself. Georgiana is a dynamic character in the story that negatively developed through her…show more content…
His obsession took Georgiana’s life, and the sad thing is, in Aylmer’s eyes, perfection may have been worth it for him. Georgiana was dragged down by Aylmer, and she lost confidence and her will to live, ultimately depleting her as a character. Georgiana is a dynamic character because she changes, but this development is negative through her opinions of herself, interactions with her husband, and the lack of support from others. The birthmark showed man’s fight for domination over nature, and even though Aylmer reached perfection, he was left still unsatisfied and saddened, but it was not necessarily because of Georgiana’s death. She had died; therefore, nature had defeated him once
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