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Essay Question The Birthmark When first reading The Birthmark Georgiana presents herself to be a somewhat admirable character Unfortunately as the story progresses there are more and more things I can find that lead me to dislike her along with the rest of the characters in this story The source of all of Georgianas unfavorable actions was merely her small crimson birthmark on her left cheek which was far from her worst character flaw In fact in the beginning of the story Georgiana takes somewhat of a pride in her mark Many lovers had told Georgiana that her the mark indicated how special and unique she was and that led her to be fond of the little fairy hand she possessed Her opinion is quickly changed as soon as Aylmer her scientifically-driven husband shows disgust in the mark What bothers me about this is that Georgiana is so influenced by what people think of her that she can really hold no opinion of her own Even about her self image She develops into nothing but a weak mindless woman Georgianas esteem is also brought so low by Aylmer that towards the end of the story she says I am of all mortals the most fit to die I find it pathetic that because of a solitary and potentially flattering mark Georgiana is willing to risk her life to rid of it It goes to show my second point and that is how shallow Georgiana is With some thanks given to her husband she began to believe that her looks dictated her place in life That belief eventually evolved into the thought that her looks were more important than her life itself And this morbid frame of mind led to her untimely death As soon as her husband developed a life-risking way to rid of the mark Georgiana knowingly and willingly partook in the process I find it very unethical and immoral that she put her
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