As you can see evidence suggests that Aylmer has love for both science and Georgiana, but his love for science exceeds more greatly than his love for Georgiana. Immediately after getting married Aylmer asked Georgiana to get the birthmark removed, and of course by the use of science. It seems that he wants to treat her like a simple experiment nothing more. Aylmer states that it shocks him that something so little ruined her appearance, and tries to convince Georgiana to scientifically get rid of the mark. Hawthorne provides proof by writing, “No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect----which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty----shocks me, as being
Aylmer undoubtedly loves his wife and admires her beauty at first. The birthmark like the garden possess a charm that at first allures others to recognize the women’s beauty. But overtime her one flaw the birthmark drives him to insanity which consumes him. This is very different from the character of Dr. Rappacinni who never really shows any love towards his daughter. Aylmer reassures Georgiana that he can rid her of this fatal flaw place by nature; “I feel myself fully competent to render this dear cheek as faultless as its fellow; and then, most beloved, what will by my triumph when I shall have corrected what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work” (Meyer, 401)!
Aylmer explains to Georgiana that she “…came so nearly perfect from the hand of nature, that the slightest possible defect … shocks [him]” (220). Aylmer perceives that the world is full of imperfections in nature; including the birthmark on Georgiana’s face. Later on, in the story Aylmer is bothered by the imperfections of his experiments that he presents to Georgiana as well; showing us his desire of perfection. At the same time, however, Georgiana believes that you have to be physically beautiful to be loved. She tells Aylmer, to “either remove [the] dreadful hand, or take [her] wretched life” (223).
And the conflict would be where Aylmer doesn’t like Georgiana’s birthmark that’s shaped like a handprint and he wants her to have it removed. The rising action is where Aylmer became too focused on Georgiana’s birthmark and he seems to be the only one who finds her birthmark as an ugly thing about her. But all of Georgiana’s family says that she’s beautiful but Aylmer said that she’s almost perfect and her only flaw was her birthmark. Later on, Georgiana gave in to Aylmer and let him attempt to remove her birthmark. The climax is where Aylmer became obsessed with his job as a scientist.
Aylmer thought Georgiana’s birthmark was imperfect and wanted to remove it. Aylmer is to blame for Georgiana’s death by showing her how much he hated the birthmark and by eventually making her hate it herself, causing her to allow him to remove it. Georgiana loved Aylmer so much she was willing to change the way she looks to make him happy. She saw how disgusted he was with her and she couldn’t take it. “Pray do not look at it again.
In the beginning Aylmer was a scientist that only cared about his experiments, then he fell in love and stopped his scientific work, but then he found a reason to continue his scientific work which led to the death of his wife. At the end of the story Aylmer regretted pressuring his wife to change herself and feels remorseful for what he did. The Birthmark follows the struggles of man versus nature and man versus self. The main character Aylmer suffered no not being about to accept the flaws of his wife but also the fact that he cannot do everything, mostly because it is not his place to do these things. As the story develops the need for Aylmer to reach perfection grows stronger and later kills his wife.
Scientists were thought to have control over the force of creation and nature itself. Because God is the ultimate creator, a scientist’s work seems to infiltrate God’s realm. Aylmer thinks of his wife’s birthmark as a bad omen, sadness, and death (Hawthorne). He considers it a link to the original sin. He is not contented with his wife’s spiritual perfection through her words but wants her taint removed.
.mortality and materiality” (544) without remorse. Aylmer could be considered to be in awe in terms of hate, towards nature itself, as he regards it as a barrier for the advancement of his studies as they are “thwarted by the earthly part” (15), despite his studies being majorly influenced by nature itself. It is as if Aylmer cannot deny that science and nature go hand in hand, whether this concept derives from his wife’s physiology or from his own prior studies of “profoundest mines” (10) and the “mystery of fountains” (10). The tedious scientist is regarded by his own wife as a man of “deep science” (9) for she has not only herself but the entire world “witness of it” (9). Hawthorne presented Aylmer as a scientist in order to emphasize the apparent
Aylmer is unable to part with his past identity as a scientist and resist his need for progression. While Georgiana’s past clings to her, physically, via the birthmark. Aylmer’s case is interesting because he is unable to part with his past, which leads to tragedy, while Georgiana, on the other hand, is trying, desperately, to get rid of her past. What’s more is that she only does this at the urging of Aylmer, once again exposing Aylmer’s darkness and corruption, as he uses his position of dominance and leadership, within their relationship, to make Georgiana hate her
Hawthorne's use of vivid imagery and symbols to describe the conflict between Aylmer and the birthmark vividly highlights the conflict of Aylmer's love for Georgiana and his distaste of the birthmark. The phrase “No, dearest Georgiana, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect, which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty, shocks me, as being the visible mark of earthly imperfection”(212) was used to illustrate a point of Aylmer's obsession with the mark and how he is not satisfied with his wife's current aesthetics. Aylmer loves Georgiana