The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In the short story The Birthmark, Nathaniel Hawthorne used Aylmer and his wife Georgiana to display that no person can be perfect. He does this by using Aylmer obsession with perfection and science. His wife Georgiana beauty is amazing and almost perfect, except for a crimson scar on her check that looks like a hand. Aylmer wants to remove the mark that symbolizes imperfection, sin, and mortality; though it could result in death. In the act, he is acting like God. Hawthorne’s argument in The Birthmark is our imperfections, sin, and mortality is what makes us human and cannot be taken away.
At the start of the short story Hawthorne mentions that Aylmer is “a man of science” “in the latter part of the century” (211). Hawthorne wrote The Birthmark during a period where people was faithful to what science had to offer. Having this being said Hawthorne mistrusted science. Scientist during this time seem to have been God-like. Aylmer played a God-like roll in The Birthmark. Also, his wife looked at him as a God too.
It is revealed when Aylmer was troubled by a crimson mark on his wife’s left cheek. He asked his wife why she never wanted to remove it. His wife Georgiana responded with “to tell the truth, it has been so often called a charm, that I was simple enough to imagine it might be so” (212). At this moment in the short story Georgiana had no problem with her birthmark. Then Aylmer criticized her mark, because she “came so nearly perfect from the hand of nature” (212).

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