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In his short story titled The Birthmark Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about a brilliant man named Alymer who is obsessed with fixing his wifes one flaw Alymer finds a beautiful woman Georgiana whom is close to perfection except for a crimson birthmark on her face All through Georgianas life male suitors have either admired the birthmark or tried to wish it away Alymer finds he is unable to bear looking at the imperfection anymore and asks his wife if she has ever considered having it removed After hearing this Georgiana is distraught and now questions her own beauty Georgiana lets the opinion of one man dictate her self-worth Since Alymer thinks the birthmark is ugly Georgiana now thinks the same Eager to please her husband Georgiana agrees to have the blemish removed Now that the birthmark is gone Georgiana is perfect Human beings are imperfect by design so now that Georgiana has reached perfection she must die Through his short story The Birthmark Hawthorne concludes that human beings are inherently imperfect Alymer achieved great success in natural science so he figured that same success would transfer over to his personal life He was a man totally and completely committed to his work Alymer was described as an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy He had devoted himself however too unreservedly to scientific studies ever to be weaned from them by any second passion Hawthorne 1 During his time away from his beloved laboratory Alymer found a beautiful girl to marry Georgiana had only one flaw a crimson birthmark on her cheek that resembled a tiny hand The birthmark bothered Alymer so much that he spent time dreaming of ways to remove it Even though his wife had countless admirable qualities he could not get over the birthmark Although the birthmark was an imperfection Georgiana never let herself feel badly about it Before marrying Alymer the birthmark never interfered with her self-worth
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