The Theme Of Unfection In The Birthmark, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne shows the obsession of perfection in the story, “The Birthmark.” He uses the scientist, Aylmer, and his wife, Georgiana, to show that striving for perfection is unrealistic. In the story, the scientist creates the perfect wife, but dooms her to death because no one on earth can be perfect. The plot of “The Birthmark,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, helps to emphasize the desire for perfection.
Aylmer began to become bothered by Georgiana’s mark and brought it up to her to see if she felt the same, “. . . has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed (340)?” Georgiana has always thought of it as more of a charm, but her husband made her feel insecure about the birthmark. The theme of this story can be easily be applied to modern society because people are so often judged by others. Some people judge others about marks on their body and point them out to them or others. There are people that try so hard to become perfect such as reconstructing their bodies. When Aylmer pointed the mark out to his wife he called it an imperfection. Georgiana quickly becomes offended by his remark and defends herself, “. . . then why did you take me from my mother’s side? You cannot love what shocks you (340)!”
The thought of perfection became so much of an obsession for Aylmer that he only noticed the imperfection on her cheek, “. . . he could not restrain a strong convulsive shudder (342).” Aylmer became so affected by just the little crimson hand on

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