The Birthmark Nathaniel Hawthrone Analysis

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Till Death Do Us Part We are expected to do anything for the ones we love, but just how far would you go? One part of wedding vows, "till death do us part," are major in most marriages, but would you be willing to risk your life for the possibility of their success? In "The Birthmark" written by Nathaniel Hawthrone, Georgiana was willing to make the greatest sacrifice for her husband, Alymer. Even if it meant risking her life to see him succeed. Alymer may be considered the stronger of the two because he's the man of the household, but Georgiana is really the stronger character, because she trusts her husband even after she finds his failed experiments, and after she realizes the obsession with the birthmark was greater than his love for…show more content…
"No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfectly from the hand of Nature, that this slightest defect, which we hesitate to term a defect or a beauty, shocks me as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection." Alymer sees this mark as something ruining an almost perfect canvas. Knowing her husband views this mark, which she believes is a charm her whole life, as a defect really hurts her self-esteem. Now something she once viewed as a charm she now is almost as disgusted by it as Alymer is. She cannot bear to look at herself in the mirror or to see her real beauty. She is very beautiful and as close to perfect as they come, but she cannot seem to look past the birthmark anymore. She wants her husband to see her as beautiful like he did before the marriage. "And she places her hand over her cheek, to hide the terrible mark from her husband's eyes." Even has she is dying one of the things she does is hide the birthmark. She does not want her husband to look at it and see the thing he despises most on her. She puts her love for her husband first even when he put science before her. She loves him even after he's proven to her science is his first…show more content…
By allowing Alymer to go through with the experiment even after she knows about all his failures makes her the stronger of the two. She wants him to succeed out of the love and trust she has for him and he fails her. Through it all Georgiana put her trust in her husband. Even as she was dying she could not bear to have Alymer look at her at the birthmark that he hated. Alymer allowed his love for science to be greater than his love for his young wife. Perfect cannot be achieved, not even science can achieve perfection. Alymer could not love her despite her flaws and he ended up losing the one person who loved him the most. This science experiment is just another failure in his book of fails. It is too late to take back what he did, but maybe it will change him for the
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