Symbolism In The Birthmark

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story, "The Birthmark" shows the silliness of a crazed scientist named, Aylmer aspiring to create a perfect human being, which is Georgiana, and by doing so, he opens the prospect of rivaling nature with his own scientific skillfulness. He uses symbolism of the birthmark to show how science 's attempt to ultimate failure often leads to control of nature, foolish obsession, and mortality.

Georgiana is Aylmer 's wife. She is beautiful, intelligent, and a caring person. Her only imperfection is a tiny-red birthmark resembling the shape of a hand. In the story "The Birthmark" the plant that Aylmer shows Georgiana depicts the difficulty to find perfection. When she tries to pluck the flower "the whole [plant] suffered a blight, its leaves turning coal-black as if by the agency of fire" (Hawthorne 226). Georgiana, an imperfect individual, attempts to acquire a perfect flower, but instead she causes the plant to lose all the life it once had. Georgiana 's touch depicts the imperfection to inherent in all human being. Furthermore, he goes on to talk about her defects. Aylmer mumbled, "There was too powerful of stimulus" (Hawthorne 226). The stimulus he refers to hints at the flaws within Georgiana. The plant is continually losing life to show that an object just as perfect cannot survive or suffer from the touch of the faulty. Hawthorne does not let the readers forget that Aylmer is not one of the best scientist here. His constant failures and attempts
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