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Matthew LongmanThursday October 25 2001 In Nathanial Hawthornes short story the Birthmark he tells a story about a scientist who believes he is more creative and skilled than Mother Nature herself and his wife Georgiana In the short story Georgianas birthmark is representative of her soul because of several examples and instances in the story There are several points in the story that imply her soul is linked to her birthmark For example the way Aylmer acts towards Georgiana the way others act and feel towards her also the way Georgiana feels about it herself and several quotes in the story Hawthorne expresses these ideas very well and on several occasions In the beginning of the story Hawthorne shows the level of desire at which Georgiana is held He describes how the birthmark left this impress there in token of the magic endowments that were to give her such sway over all hearts Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege pressing his lips to the mysterious hand Also at the end of the short story Aylmers assistant Aminadab says If she were my wife Id never part with that birthmark This shows how others cherish Georgiana and realize that all of her including any slight imperfections she might have is wonderful and acceptable In the later part of the story in a conversation between Aylmer and Georgiana before she drinks the serum Georgiana speaks of how important she thinks it is to get rid of the birthmark When Aylmer looks at the birthmark on Georgianas face it is so hard for him to grasp the concept of imperfection that he shudders Georgiana says Oh spare me Pray do not look at it again I never can forget that convulsive shudder She wants to please Aylmer and be rid of the birthmark or die She feels her birthmark is a part of her she says Alas It was true The fatal
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