Birthmark Essay

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  • Behavioral Avoidance Of People With Facial Disfigurement

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    is: people 's reaction to an individual with a facial lesion should be the same as their reaction to an individual with a visible contagious disease. Although there is a difference between contagious disease and non-contagious conditions such as birthmarks, Error Management Theory (Buss & Haselton) suggests that humans should be biased to 'false alarms ' (e.g. non-contagious birth marks) because false rejections are potentially fatal. That is, it makes sense that we would be biased towards avoiding

  • The Birthmark by Hawthorne

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    Representation of Evil In Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark”, Aylmer feels that his wife Georgiana is a miracle and that she is perfect. Her only flaw was the birthmark in the shape of a hand placed on her cheek. Instead of focusing on all her Georgiana’s perfections, Aylmer only focused on one of her flaws, the birthmark. Aylmer constructs a statement about her birthmark saying that, “It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on her productions

  • The Birthmark Symbolism

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    The Mortal of the Story By looking at symbolism in The Birthmark, the reader can interpret that the birthmark is a symbol for imperfection and mortality which is not obvious to most people. This is important because it turns the birthmark into something all readers can relate to since no one is perfect. Georgiana’s birthmark was “the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions” (Hawthorne 12). As stated before, nothing is perfect, Nature

  • The Birthmark Theme

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    The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a very deep and complex story with many themes and main ideas contained therein. After a summary of the story, a thorough analyzation reveals the main themes to be love’s progression to obsession and the conflict between science and nature. Before an analysis can begin, the story must have all of its major events summarized. The Birthmark is a story with many complex elements, among those being love and loss. In this story, a brilliant scientist by the name

  • The Birthmark Analysis

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    The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a dark romantic short story based in the nineteenth century. The short story highlights the relationship between Aylmer and Georgiana as well as the dynamics of the different personality types between the two. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Aylmer as well as Georgiana an example of tragic flaws to further the conflict in the story. A tragic flaw is a literary device found within The Birthmark. “Tragic flaw is a literary device that can be defined as a trait in a

  • Birthmark Essay

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    and knowledgeable Aylmer is, and the narrator even suggests that he may have the power to alter nature. “ We know not whether Aylmer possesses this degree of faith in man’s ultimate control over nature (Birthmark, 1262 ).”As Aylmer tries to use science to alter nature, or in this case, the birthmark on his wife’s cheek, his plan backfires and his wife dies. The death of Georgiana shows that knowledge is dangerous if used in the wrong way. The influence of the evolution of culture has caused men to

  • The Birthmark as a Symbol

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    The Birthmark as a Symbol In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's, The Birthmark, the symbolism is quite evident of the birthmarks upon Georgiana 's face. It represents Aylmer 's struggles with nature and science, through his repeated attempts of the removal of it. This clash between science and nature illustrates the concept of man versus woman, through the femininity of nature and the masculine traits of the world of science. Throughout the story, nature is portrayed as feminine and is even present through

  • Romanticism In The Birthmark

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    There is no such thing as the perfect specimen because of microscopic anomalies naked to the human eye. In “The Birthmark,” a romantic short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character, a scientist named Aylmer, marries the most beautiful woman the world has to offer, but feels that her flaw makes her imperfect and ugly instead of more beautiful. While his removal of the birthmark is an act of science that opposes the views of romantics everywhere, his motives of doing such are truly romantic

  • The Birthmark Essay

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    imperfections? A world where everyone is perfect is unattainable, but if scientifically there were a way to eliminate imperfections and life threatening diseases, presumably, many people would be curious. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark,” the author explores the idea of perfection with the help of science. Modern examples of this are mentioned in articles posted on and, genetically modifying DNA in human embryos has become largely controversial. By using a method

  • The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    more beautiful than nature. According to Jules Zanger, Hawthorne’s short story, “suggests his resistance to the expansive materialism of America 's new technology as well as to the excessive spirituality of its philosophers.” The short story, “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne articulates the obsession with human perfection through symbols, characters’, and narrator. Aylmer, a man devoted entirely to his science, marries Georgiana, a beautiful young woman with a single “earthly imperfection” (291)