Oppression Of Women In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Brown

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Georgiana’s representation of a woman in the role of a 19th century wife, is crucial to the functionality of the story. Mirrored in an imperialistic society, patriarchal powers often disregarded traditional norms in favor of their own, just as Aylmer disregarded Georgiana's initial desire to keep her birthmark. Under her husband’s influence Georgiana’s diminishing beliefs in her own beauty and self-worth makes this story relevant and as depressing today as it was in Hawthorne’s era. Oppressed both mentally and psychologically Georgiana has moved from a state of anger at her husband to a state of total identification and acceptance of her “flaw”. She acquiesces: “Let the attempt be made at whatever risk. Danger is nothing to me; for life, while
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