Death or Perfection

Topics: Aesthetics, 25th century, Barry O'Callaghan Pages: 3 (844 words) Published: August 30, 2013
Death or Perfection
Has time changed over several years or do we still think the same? Are imperfections worse on the physical being of a person or the inner soul? Physical attributes were as much important hundreds of years as now. Becoming obsessed and uncomfortable with the way one looks has given scientist a way to mold perfection. Is it worse changing to please ourselves because we need to or doing it to please our significant other because he has become so consumed with perfection, vanity and defects? How is it that one criticizes others small imperfections and not notice how they themselves look and how "the hand of nature" has not been so generous to them either. Inner beauty, is not seen but felt; perfection is not the same in all eyes but is what we see really true or our imagination. Although one might think an imperfection may exist, may will accept it and learn to love them, but there are those, like Aylmer, who persist on making one feel uncomfortable, uneasy and even lead to hate themselves because of a birthmark. Hawthorne writes, “Ah, upon another face perhaps it might, replied her husband; but never on yours. 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”( 2440 ). Aylmer thinks of his wife as almost perfect if only he could change or remove the mark from her face. Georgiana is hurt by Aylmer, but is more affected that he cannot even look at her without being disgusted. Aylmer’s behavior, that doesn’t reflect actions of love, lead to the acceptance of Georgiana to remove the birthmark. What one sees as imperfection another sees Perfect in itself. Aminadab wouldn’t remove the birthmark because of its beauty, but why would Aylmer. We see that Hawthorne illustrates two characters with different prospective of the birthmark; Aylmer who thoughts of the...

Cited: “The Birthmark.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Sixth Edition. Vol. B Early Nineteenth Century: 1800-1865.” Ed. Paul Lauter. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company: 2009. 2439-2450.
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