Francisco Villegas Dr. Richard Coronado English 2326 September 29, 2014 Perfection Is Not A Goal Worth Pursuing In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Birth-Mark,” Aylmer apparently after getting married with Georgiana noticed the birthmark Georgiana had in her left cheek. Aylmer is very troubled how the birthmark resembles in Georgiana’s face. He proclaimed that it is a natural flaw that has affected her vivid human perfection. Since Aylmer is a scientist he propose to Georgiana to get rid of her birthmark once and for all. At first she angrily questions Aylmer’s proposition, but her love for him changes her thoughts and she accepts to permanently get rid of the birthmark.
Monsieur Lantin and his lady had the perfect marriage, falling deeper in love with one another by each passing day. The rising theme of irony, however, proves that appearance can overshadow reality. It creates tension between an intended meaning and a literal statement, used as a form of dry humour to provoke the reader. Throughout his short story, The False Gems, Guy de Maupassant emphasizes several forms of irony to display the universal theme of deviousness. Monsieur Lantin’s lady was thought to be an idyllic wife, but readers soon found out that the love between the married was an illusion.
The “Eye of the Beholder” and “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne depict the nature of beauty and its perception by others. Hawthorne uses symbolism, and imagery to depict the husband’s attempt to remove his wife’s birthmark,whereas The Twilight Zone uses foreshadowing and other devices to show that the woman cannot be changed so she will be considered “normal”. Both use similar devices to convey an overall theme of beauty as a fictitious standard. Paragraph 2 The birthmark is a symbol for Georgina’s own mortality, which Aylmer sees as her faults. “The crimson hand expressed the ineludible gripe in which mortality clutches the highest and purest of earthly mould” b. Hawthorne utilizes imagery to contrast the laboratory filled with all of Alymer’s failures and his experiments while the boudoir has all of what he has
“‘Noblest dearest, tenderest wife,’ cried Aylmer, rapturously, “doubt not my power. I have already given this matter the deepest thought --- thought which might almost have enlightened me to create a being less perfect than yourself.” “I feel myself fully competent to render this dear cheek as faultless as its fellow; and then, most beloved, what will be my triumph when I shall have corrected what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work!” The story takes these two opposing symbols and creates the theme of Nature versus action against nature. “Man playing God,” is a common example, and in this story, Aylmer tries to remove the birthmark. Aylmer is trying to change something that Nature has produced, and in most cases, man loses when playing God. The birthmark fades as the wife dies.
Aylmer is challenged with this problem when the birthmark on his wife’s cheek starts to drive him utterly mad. Despite the fact that all of his experiments have failed, he still believes he will be able to play out the role of God and transform Georgiana’s condition into something of perfection, thus displaying the dispute with law, or God’s power. The “Moral Machine” activity demonstrates the same trial by testing one’s values with the laws proposed by the game. In total, both portray the difficulty of freedom of choice along with the underlying theme: perfection cannot be achieved on
Cecily’s reasoning with the weather displays her irrational thought process of love. Her fascination with changing Ernest into a better man blinds her moral compass and logical
He is gthe one who stands beside hooper’s bed and asks about the reasons for his action of wearing a Veil while he was about to die . Clerck asked Hooper about the sin he commited that he was left by expearencing so much guilt . he stands by Hooper and listens to his words . “The Birthmark” is also one of the short stories of Nathaniel Hwathorne dealing with science and love . Aylmer is a scientist who desires to marry a beautiful woman name Georgina.
This is displayed through the first key passage, on page 95 and 96. Winston’s dialogue, “‘What is it?’ Winston said, fascinated” (96) “‘It’s a beautiful thing’” (96), exposes Winston’s thoughts about the paperweight though his apparent fascination of it and, his affirmation of his opinion. His immediate adoration illuminates that Winston has the same affection for his desire for Julia, exposed through his thoughts. “He hated her because she was young pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so” (15). His immediate desire for the paperweight and his immediate desire for Julia are one in the same, as in beauty.
Equally Aylmer and Dr. Rappiccini, both characters in Hawthorne’s works causes destruction of human life with selfish aims to perfect the woman of their choice. In the case of Aylmer’s love interest in science, just as with the case of Beatrice’s father, blinds him to the true beauty and humanity of the woman before him. Aylmer views Georgiana’s birthmark as a symbol of imperfection and tries to remove it. At the end of the story, Georgiana say, "My poor Aylmer," she repeated, with a more than human tenderness, "you have aimed loftily; you have done nobly. Do not repent that with so high and pure a feeling, you have rejected the best the earth could offer.
I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!” Blanches magic is seen through her illusions and delusions. In Blanches world Mitch doesn’t fit however she has reached a point of intimacy by being honest about her first husband and the guilt she endures as she begins to share the painful moment of her life with him. Stanley’s intrusion ruins her plans of marriage with Mitch and yet again she had to retreat in the world of her delusions. Stanley who represents realism in this novel and play pops Blanche’s illusion bubble through seeing the realism in scene ten he says: “not once did you pull any wool over this boy’s eyes!” Not only Stanley had broken her world of illusion, but also Mitch who is influenced by Stanley and destroys the protection of darkness by exposing her to the bright light.