The Birthmark

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Thesis Statement/ Essay Topic #1: Symbolism in "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne American lit.
November 2012
In the Story, The Birthmark, has a lot to say on human nature, but its most important maintenance is that to be human is necessarily to be flawed. To strive for perfection is to deny one's own mortality, to deny what makes us human, and to achieve such perfection is impossible. The story seems to argue that part of us are earthbound, but part of us will always seek to be spiritual. In the story, The birthmark refers to the birthmark on Aylmer's wife's face, cheek, which represents her humanity.

The birthmark upon Georgiana's face represents her humanity. It's just man's nature to be imperfect. Hawthorne states that it represents her flaws. her Husban Aylmer wants to remove the birthmark because he wants to get rid of his wife's, Georgiana, flaws in order to make her prefect.

In the story it states that Georgiana's birthmark was deeply interwoven meaning that man's flaws can not be separated out. It also states that, the birthmark moves when changing colors on her face. As if she was pale or flushed determines if you are able to see the birthmark. The shape of the birthmark is different. It's in the shape of a hand, a human hand, marking Georgiana's humanity.

The story is really deep in a form most readers couldn't understand. With the birthmark representing life by its structure, shape, form, and texture it was a permint mark that could not be removed. Stating that no one is perfect and everyone has their flaws in life. "The Birthmark" has a lot of symbolism in it.