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The Birthmark Alas it was too true The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame As the last crimson tint of the birthmark--that sole token of human imperfectionfaded from her cheek the parting breath of the now perfect woman passed into the atmosphere and her soul lingering a moment near her husband took its heavenly flight Hawthorne Nathaniel pg 125 In the era that Nathaniel Hawthorne lived he saw a society engulfed in the fascination of science He wasnt fascinated with the thought of playing a mad scientist who could solve all of the worlds problems through chemistry and biology Instead he took a more philosophical approach to understanding humanity and was very much opposed to this idea of playing God that came about when he wrote The Birthmark In many of Hawthornes stories a main theme can be seen the idea that society has a profound influence upon those who make up that society In other words society creates a firm grapple upon individuals which in turn can lead to alienation and a sense of brain-washing Nathaniel Hawthorne created the character Aylmer to show just what happens when someone falls into the pressures of society and yearns for something which is not attainable through human intervention PERFECTION It is through this character Aylmer that Hawthorne shows the disillusion that science is the ultimate control of nature Through Aylmer he shows the consequences of the human strive for perfection and the willingness to play God to reach it Finally through the birthmark on Georgiana Hawthorne is able to portray that nature didnt intend for everything in this world to be perfect and Aylmer is not fully human for being so blind to such an idea Throughout the short story The Birthmark Aylmer is obsessed with making Georgiana perfect No dearest Georgiana you came so
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