The Birthmark

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Mark of Death
“The Crimson Hand expressed the ineludible gripe, in which mortality clutches the highest and purest of earthly mold, degrading them into kindred with the lowest, and even with the very brutes, like whom their visible frames return to dust. In this manner, selecting it as the symbol of his wife's liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death, Aylmer's somber imagination was not long in rendering the birth-mark a frightful object, causing him more trouble and horror than ever Georgiana's beauty, whether of soul or sense, had given him delight.” In this quote it explains the effects of “The Crimson Hand,” as it is called. Not only does it mark Georgiana as a human being, but it changes the view of her husband, Aylmer from adoring to obsessing over removing her birthmark, or imperfection. In the end, Aylmer loses the love of his life due to obsessive pride. Georgiana’s birthmark symbolizes morality. Nature makes every living thing flawed in some way, this is nature’s way of reminding us that every living thing has an end. Without this flaw, Georgiana would be perfect and could be mistaken for an angel encased in human flesh. When Aylmer desires to remove Georgiana’s imperfection, he doesn’t realize that it is Georgiana herself that is the imperfection. Aylmer desires the perfect love with the perfect woman, and he wants to form Georgiana into this. He feels that the birthmark is her only imperfection, but it is a part of her and makes her human, so ultimately he sees her as an imperfection. He becomes consumed by making the perfect love that as a result he doesn’t consciously realize that by eradicating her birthmark, he is killing her. The birthmark serves as a bond between her angelic spirit and her mortal body. Without the birthmark, she is a perfect woman and so she heads towards heaven. Aylmer gives up science to win the heart of Georgiana, but in the end gives up Georgiana due to his love of science. In his eyes, the birthmark is a sign of...
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