The Unattainability of Perfection: A Critical Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”
Perfection is one of the most sought-after qualities in society. People are willing to shell out large sums of money for dieting plans, training regimens, and plastic surgery – all in an attempt to be...
ANALYSIS OF THE SHORT STORY “THE BIRTHMARK”
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” illustrates how one’s obsessions and moral weakness leads to another’s questioning of their self-image and drives the pursuit of perfection in our society. The main character, Aylmer, develops an obsession with becoming...
The Birthmark analysis
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the year of 1804 and lived a long life until 1864. He studied at Bowdoin College. Throughout his lifetime Nathanial wrote many novels, short stories, etc. Some of his most famous ones being The Scarlet Letter (1850)...
A critical analysis of Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” reveals many different viewpoints of the story. Different elements of the story will be discussed for the purpose of understanding the reader’s response. Also three different outside sources...
An Analysis of Hawthorne's Short Stories
In many of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories, he creates characters
with either a malicious or evil feature to relay to the reader a more
allegorical meaning. Many would say he targets woman without justification.
Therefore a reader may interpret...
into some of his shorter works. One of his most recognizable features is the effect external influence has on the driving forces in his work.
The Birthmark deals with the phenomenon that ultimately result from one bulging mark which exists on Georgiana’s cheek, and it is nature that ultimately has a significant...
Dr. David Lydic
English 1302 Comp II
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" takes place during the mid 1800's where "it was not unusual for the love of science to rival the love of woman in its depth and absorbing energy" (528). Aylmer loves...
What is a birthmark? Webster’s Dictionary states: A birthmark is a blemish or new growth on the skin formed before birth and is usually brown or dark red in color. There is no need to say that it is not a normal part of one’s body, a birthmark is just a part of being a human. In Nathaniel...
At first sight the moral is simple. A man should love his wife as she is and not demand more.
Aylmer totally dominates his marriage. His wife exists only for him. This is shown in the major settings of the story, the laboratory and the boudoir. They don’t represent male and female...
in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”
In literature a tragic flaw refers in plain words when the main character ends up dead or defeated a characteristic feature of the heroes of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories, “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Minister’s Black Veil”, and “The Birthmark”. However this concept...
“THE BIRTHMARK” by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
The 'Birthmark' written more than a century ago by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection.In examining today's society, it is easy to see that humans are obsessed with perfection. This obsession may be for physical...
The Birthmark” – Women
“Everything he has to say is related, finally, to ‘that inward sphere.’ For the heart is the meeting-place of all the forces – spiritual and physical, light and dark, that compete for dominance in man’s nature. . . .” (McPherson 68-69). McPherson’s “heart” is...
Hawthorne's “The Birthmark” Georgiana's identity is constructed through gender roles and spiritual aspects. Aylmer, her husband, perception of her physical beauty is almost perfect except the birthmark on her left cheek which he believes to look like a tiny crimson hand. Some believed the birthmark to be a hand...
As a moral allegory, “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is attempting to communicate a number of important ideas about a range of themes, including the power of science (and what happens when science is coupled with arrogance) as well as messages about what happens when human beings attempt to subvert...
In “The Birthmark”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the character Alymer is portrayed as a mad scientist. He cares about his wife, but his love for science and intellect overcomes any love he could ever have for her. By saying Alymer is a mad scientist, I am meaning...
to have an operation; more specifically, an abortion. This is similar to Alymer trying to convince Georgiana to go through with the removal of a birthmark on her face. The theme of male dominance flows through both stories and can be seen by how both the American and Alymer are trying to control what...
“The Birthmark” is a story where late 18th century scientist Aylmer is married to a
woman named Georgiana. Georgiana is a beautiful woman that has one flaw which is
the small red birthmark on her cheek. Most men found her birthmark attractive, opposed
to Aylmer who didn’t like it...
Alymer is an idiot.
When given the opportunity to choose any of our readings for a personal literary response paper, I decided to go with “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne because it is an absolutely fascinating story of the lengths you will go to make the one you love happy and the pursuit of...
Narrative, Place, Profile, Process, Proposal
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Dear Professor Froisy,
I have chosen to write about the relationship between the characters in The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I feel that the story between them with all of their emotions really tells a true story in how relationships are played out...
In today’s society everyone strives for perfection even though true perfection is unattainable. “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne shows the foolishness of endeavoring to create a perfect being, and by doing so, intruding upon the realm of the divine. Hawthorne conveys...
March 15, 2013
Literary Analysis of “The Birthmark”
Romanticism is the keen sense of life of the natural person. It was a cultural movement from 1770 to 1860. This movement established nature as the beginning and the end. A notable writer of the Romanticism...
Lord of the Flies Comparative Analysis
Throughout the book “Lord of the Flies” several different universal themes occurred. Not just in this book but in movies and TV shows as well. The different themes all show morals surrounding situations both good and bad. One main theme that is...
Composition & Rhetoric 1302
January 22, 2015
“Flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions.” Every human being has one imperfection or flaw. This is a simple thing of human nature. It is...
Black Veil” condemn the transcendental belief in man’s earthly perfectibility.
I. The symbols provide a visible portrayal of sin.
A. The birthmark portrays innate sin.
B. The veil portrays hidden sin.
II. The symbols show the inescapability of sin.
C. Both main characters lived...
Poetic Analysis of Song Lyrics
I chose “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” by lyricists and lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan as my song for the poetic analysis essay. I seemed to identify with the song the first time I heard it on the radio. The lyrics describe how many teens felt...
“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not” (Galileo Galilei). Scientist Aylmer is disgusted with his wife Georgina’s birthmark and persistent in removing it. He thinks Georgina is perfect...
Analysis of the Novel Sula by Toni Morison
Things are not always what they appear to be, is a major contributing theme to the novel Sula by Toni Morrison. Sula is a portrait of roots, community, sex, womanhood, choices, and death. Sula is a novel about uncertainty. It questions and examines the terms...
Critical Argument Summary
In Judith Fetterley’s critical essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”, she uses a feminist strategy to analyze his short story. The position she takes is that the story is a “demonstration of how to murder your wife and get away with it” (Fetterley). I do not think...
October 24, 2014
An Analysis on The Birthmark
A man is never satisfied; he is always striving for flawlessness, reckless about certainty. Such is the situation in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark." A break from the truth, Romanticism's frequency over Rationalism...