In the short story “The Birth-Mark” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the reader is introduced to a tragic love story that shows how foolhardy it is to make someone perfect. Hawthorne hammers this theme throughout the story of the scientist Aylmer and his lovely wife, Georgiana, who has a small, hand shaped birthmark on her cheek on the left side of her face. Aylmer develops a fixation on the birthmark that keeps his wife from being the image of perfection, and vows to use his scientific knowledge to remove it. Over the course of “The Birth-Mark” Hawthorne uses imagery and symbolism, figurative language, and type of narrator and narration. Hawthorne's use of vivid imagery and symbols to describe the conflict between Aylmer and the birthmark vividly highlights the conflict of Aylmer's love for Georgiana and his distaste of the birthmark.
(Hawthorne, 291). Through reading this short story we learn that Aylmer thinks the birth mark on poor Georgiana cheek is a flaw of her perfect existence. Finding out how much it means to Aylmer to remove the mark it tells us about how Georgiana feels unloved and in order to make her husband love her without feeling discussed she would have to let him try to remove the birthmark no matter what happens to
He becomes attached to them, and then one day he must collect their soul when they die. Memories of those select few haunt him forever as he knows it was his fault they have left. Surely this could drive one to insanity. Therefore a final example of this theme is found where Death is always coming for himself. In conclusion, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak contains the theme ‘Death Is Inevitable’ in three prime examples.
Robert Stevenson uses his protagonist’s, Dr. Jekyll, person versus self conflict to illustrate this point. Throughout the text, the reader learns that Dr. Jekyll was born into good fortune and was well-respected in society. However, the reader learns that it was not enough for him. He craves irregularities and he seeks a way to experience both sides of his identity without harming his reputation, which leads him to immoral experiments that bring out Hyde. To be specific, Jekyll states the following, “Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of; but from the high views that I had set before me, I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame” (Stevenson 55).
It is not until that she realizes that he was in fact serious that she becomes somewhat distraught with him for rejecting her as she is. As the story progresses the audience can relate and sympathize with Georgiana as she is essentially the victim of her husband’s judgement and shock of what he claims to the birthmark to act as an ailment of her beauty. Aylmer goes on to calling her near perfection were it not for the birthmark, however as many would agree that in real life there is no such thing as perfection. Georgiana progressively begins to see her husband change and show his true nature. He becomes angry with her and does not trust her, leading to Georgiana essentially losing
Oldenbury, the Secretary of the English Royal Society, wrote in a letter to a German scientist that amicable relationships between educated people aided “investigation and elucidation of the truth” (Doc 6). This shows how it gradually became the social norm to exchange ideas with others. Oldenbury appreciated the sciences and wanted scientific ideas to spread all over the world. Cavendish, a female English natural philosopher, wanted to set up a school of philosophy but was not able to due to the “self-conceit of the masculine and the disregard of the female sex” (Doc 9). This shows that while society was increasingly more progressive, women were still limited more than men in their rights and responsibilities.
She constantly attempts to seduce Gawain and “never ceased to remind him of his reputation” making her seem like she cares about preserving his upstanding reputation (Engelhardt 221). When she later tells Gawain about her green belt that could save his life, he believes her lie, accepting and keeping the belt even though it would not actually make him invincible. At the end of the story, the Green Knight, the lord, reveals that he “sent her to test [Gawain]” to see if he was truly noble (Winny 2362). Gawain thought that the “gift of her body which the lady pressed upon Gawain” initially was her honest affection towards him, but her affection towards him was not real (Engelhardt 221). Her dishonesty in her affection caused Gawain to commit a sin which was against his reputation.
Towards the end of The Crucible, Proctor shames himself and confesses of having affair with Abigail. Abigail denies John’s words and says “If I must answer that, I will leave and I will not come back again” (pg. 1207) because she knows that if she confesses now all the work she has put on the line will be done all for nothing, and will make her look more like a fool than she ever was. This quote indicates that Abigail Williams is a selfish antagonist because she is lying about something that is clearly noticeable. Some people may argue that Abigail isn’t the only one to blame, as in there are many others to blame for the loss of many lives.
On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins because she was looking to be secure. Austen's novel revolves around attitudes and reasons for marriage among the four key characters demonstrating both ideal and practical unions. Lydia was always attracted to the soldiers in the story, she somehow considered them to be attractive. It seemed very exciting to her to get married to someone who works in the army, maybe because she considered soldiers 'popular'. Jane was not looking for someone's wealth or social status, she just wanted to fall in love and get
Lear, in Monmouth’s work, laments the lack of a male heir and in admission of age, resolves to divide his kingdom amongst his daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. When his youngest and most beloved Cordelia fails to please him, however, Lear promptly banishes her in rage. Similarly, Shakespeare’s King Lear depicts an identical scene in which Lear furiously declares “Here I disclaim all my paternal care” (1.1.125). Lear’s decision to disown Cordelia in haste exhibits lack of patience and foresight. The significant resemblance between the two works provide insight of Lear’s inability to consider, which eventually leads to his downfall.