Hawthorne made this tiny, crimson birthmark to be shaped as a hand in order to further envelop in theme of mortality, which Aylmer detests. Aylmer obsession to remove this tiny hand came not only from his presence of science, but also from the nightmare he had, presenting this hand as “[grasping]. . .hold of Georgiana’s heart” (8). It can be safely concluded that the shape of Georgiana’s birthmark was meant to represent her humanity, her “liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death” (7).
Hester Prynne is one character who makes a mistake that leads her to experience the hate and embarrassment that comes with it. Along with the severe consequences, Hester is able to find the good that comes from her transgression. Arthur Dimmesdale deals with the guilt from his sin in a different way and ends up in a very different situation than Hester. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses Pearl, Hester 's daughter, to symbolize how the effects of guilt and sin have a dual nature. Pearl demonstrates how the effects of sin have a positive outcome on Hester.
In the Puritan faith, the men are generally flawed while the women are morally pure in most regards. In the short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birthmark” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Georgiana and Beatrice are, in their respective short stories, pure because they each have one flaw. Also, in their respective short stories, Aylmer and Giovanni are flawed in their obsession with the one imperfection in their woman of interest. In “The Birthmark,” Aylmer wishes to rid Georgiana of her birthmark, which is a red, handprint-shaped birthmark on her face. In “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Giovanni sees and becomes interested in Beatrice who has a poisonous touch that prevents them from truly being together.
In the end proctor says “ let rebecca nurse go like a saint; for me it is fraud” and “it is evil and I do it.” (miller 138) This quote furthermore proves that he knows he is responsible for where he is at and for his actions. Based on this information proctor meets all the characteristics of a tragic hero and therefore is one. Proctor does have goodness in him, but he tends to keep it hidden. He has some superiority because if he didn’t he would not be so feared. His tragic flaw that he suffers from is being lustful and he even admits it.
This shows her families hate brought about her love; the two opposing forces are vital to each other and are ever so knotted. These ideas reinforce how hate may very likely transform into a blooming love, such as when Friar Lawrence speculates its purpose within nature and states: For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give; Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use; Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied And vice sometimes by action dignified. (II, iii, 17-22) Here, the explicit theme of the play signifies love as virtue good concept and hate as vicea bad topic. In the natural world, love may turn to hate when misapplied and hate into love by an honorable action.
Ironically and paradoxically, nevertheless, once they make such sacrifices, true happiness gradually becomes less attainable. That is, for the sake of Ben’s “normality” they are willing sacrifice their other children’s happiness. However, in that case, how much is the idyllic family view worth, and can it realistically exist? In a sorrowful narrative near the end, the narrator, as though from the perspective of the protagonist, writes “because she had, and saved him from murder, she had destroyed her family. Had harmed her life... David 's... Luke 's, Helen 's, Jane 's... and Paul 's.
It appears Mary Shelley, through the suffering portrayed by Frankenstein’s Monster, is hinting that knowledge is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, she appears to be arguing that ignorance is bliss and that knowledge is the cause of greater suffering. In the case of Frankenstein’s Monster, the knowledge of language and history caused him to see past his blissful ignorance of his marginalized identity and caused him to realize the extent of his future suffering. Simply put, without the knowledge that he is doomed to be barred from society due to his monstrous look, he would not have felt such loneliness and disconnect from humanity. In his case, knowledge is the root cause of his
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
Shakespeare further portrays men to be the instigators of betrayal, as Hamlet forgets that he ever loved Ophelia. Through, being overcome with intense hatred and anger at his mother, Hamlet denies ever having loved Ophelia, and orders her “to a nunnery”. It is Hamlet who instigates such betrayal, as he previously says “My fair Ophelia- Nymph” through “Nymph” Hamlet is describing Ophelia as a beautiful maid, thus highlighting his love for her. Yet, his attitude thereafter is considerably callous, as he continually questions Ophelia on her “honesty”. The continual questioning reflects that of a grueling and in part contributes to Ophelia’s later madness.
Hamlet finds out that this was a setup of Claudius and Polonius to spy on him, so they can find out if he is truly mad. All of Hamlet’s comments towards Ophelia suggest that he feels betrayed. Hamlet and Ophelia showed each other true love but both were mad after their fathers’ deaths. Hamlet was acting mad to have revenge while Ophelia was truly mad. During Ophelia’s funeral, Hamlet stated “I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum”, expressing his true feelings towards her.
When Aylmer dreams of removing Georgiana’s birthmark, he sees that the hand’s “tiny grasp appeared to have caught hold of Georgiana’s heart; whence, however her husband was inexorably resolved to cut or wrench it away,” (3). It shows that our flaws make up a large part of who we are which make it very difficult to separate the two. To remove it would only result in failure. Aylmer finally is able to remove “the last crimson tint of the birthmark -- that sole token of human imperfection” (13). The mark shows that people are inherently imperfect and it’s what makes us human.
Me and my sister were split up when we were adopted, I went with the Allans while she went with the Mackenzies. I grew up in a nice home me and Frances than I did John, in 1815 we moved to England where I was educated. We moved back to the United States in 1820, where I continued to learn and write poems. I was sent to the University of Virginia, where I excelled, but my foster father refused to pay my gambling debts. When I arrived home from the University I found out that Frances had died, using John 's sadness to my advantage I got him to pay for me enlisting into West Point.
Kingsolver’s first goal of the Poisonwood Bible is proposing how an individual could make peace with the aftermath of their worst mistakes and flaws, as shown through the voices of the Price girls. Kingsolver’s decision to leave Nathan Price voiceless represents the seemingly untouchable arrogance and offensiveness of large powers that drag peaceful innocents into conflict for their own gain. Nathan has no voice because Kingsolver wanted him to be viewed from the outside. Nathan is the uncontrollable darkness that festers in humanity; he is the crimes of a previous generation that are inherited by a new, unsympathetic one that is helpless to change its past and must come to terms with it. Therefore Kingsolver’s main goal of the Poisonwood Bible was for different generations and their individuals to question their preexisting beliefs and spark moral conversations and debates amongst each