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Nathaniel Hawthornes The Birthmark is a story wrought with potent symbolism and destructive irony It is the story of a cerebral scientists imprudent and superficial endeavor and the all too trusting wife that had faith in him This short story provides us with a moral allegory and theme that is universally vital through symbolism The crimson hand-shaped mark bestowed upon the otherwise perfect face of a beautiful woman contains much meaning Through his use of symbolism Hawthorne addresses the issues of science and manipulation humanitys flaws and mankinds mortality The birthmark bequeathed upon Georgianas otherwise perfect face symbolizes many things One of which is the idea that scientists are infatuated with perfecting nature even while guessing the inevitable consequences The main characters in the story are a married couple by the names Aylmer and Georgiana There is no doubt that the two are truly in love yet there is a twist to this love story Georgina is perfect in every way except for one tiny flaw that Aylmer cant accept At all the seasons which should have been their happiest he invariably and without intending itreverted to this one disastrous topicit the mark became the central point of alla symbol of imperfection 263 Being a scientist Aylmer decides that he must find a way to rid Georgiana and himself of the hideous birthmark Yet all went wrong not only did the birthmark fade but also so did the life within her Aylmers obsession with manipulating nature was the eventual downfall of his true love Yet he did not care about the demise because the power of changing nature had driven him to ignore the fact the there may be consequences In addition the birthmark symbolizes the fatal flaw that inevitably exists in the real world Nothing and no one is perfect yet Aylmer continues to naively dream that he alone can make perfection reality Moreover The birthmark represents humans capacity to be mortal and sin
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