Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a scientist named Aylmer who falls in love and gets married to a girl named Georgiana. Everything about her is perfect except the mark on her face.She has small hand shape scar on her left cheek.He begins to tell her that she’s not pretty with the scar on her face. that he can remove the scar to make her normal.Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to represents how society only sees imperfect and never what makes us unique and creatively uses allegory of the scar to show a central idea.
The birthmark on Georgiana’s perfect face symbolises many things.One of which is representation of the children that Georgiana want to have with Aylmer, and the family they can create together.The scar represents the children they can have,but Aylmer doesnt want that. “”. Aylmer want to focus on his studies and inventing things.So the scar represents Georgiana desire to start a family and Aylmer want to take that away from her.By removing the scar,he’s removing her chance of starting a family.He’s removing everything she wanted and dreamed about.

Georgiana loves her husband.She is crazy about him and want to him to be happy. She is willing to do anything to make him happy and to make him love her back. Even if it means risking her life or killing herself.

Aylmer wanted to do that to Georgiana.He wanted to take away all her flaws and make her perfect.
“No,dearest Georgiana,you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature that this slightest possible defect ,which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty,shocks me,as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection”(304).Aylmer want her to become perfect and like all the other girls.He sees the scar as repulsive and only sees how her scar makes her imperfect,while all other gentlemen find it charming and beautiful.He wanted to take away all the things that made her unique

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