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Human Imperfection In Nathaniel Hawthornes story The Birth-mark Georgiana says My poor Aylmer she repeated with a more than human tenderness You have aimed loftily -you have done nobly Do not repent that with so high and pure a feeling you have rejected the best that earth could offer Aylmer- dearest Aylmer- I am dying Hawthorne 2214 This quote was a consequence of events that led to Georgianas tragic death Who would think that a small birthmark on her left cheek would entirely destroy her life This small birthmark in the shape of a hand symbolizes the imperfection and beauty of not only Georgiana but of all humankind After reading this quote one sees that Aylmers view of the world is vastly distorted Aylmer being a scientist is always questioning the world around him Aylmer believes that anything can be done through the power of science now confronted with Georgianas birthmark as an imperfection he is bound and determined to get rid of it at all costs He views the birthmark as her only earthly imperfection Other men claimed that it was the birthmark that gave her such sway over the hearts of many men and women were even jealous of it criticizing it as the Bloody Hand 2205 Aylmer perceives himself as a scientist and that if he put his mind to anything it could be accomplished it was this stubbornness and pride in science that was his character flaw He is so resolute in his trust of science that he denies Georgiana the truth that the elixir if it fails could possibly result in her demise 2212 Furthermore one sees that Aylmer not only rejected Georgiana herself but also love in general Love is one of the most precious gifts that life has to offer and he was blind to it After reading this story one sees Georgiana transform from a self-confident loving youthful wife to a self-conscious and unhappy woman Aylmer
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