The Birthmark - Paridhi Vaid WRT 102.35 Analysis Essay 2...

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Paridhi Vaid WRT 102.35 Analysis Essay # 2: Draft 1 Selfless Love Wasted on a Selfish Purpose “Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.” – Antoinette Brown Blackwell “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written in the 1800’s, but after reading it I realized that its basic theme and message are still valid today in the 20 th century. Hawthorne’s ideas about science, beauty and life are still very much the same as of now with of course some changes. We live in a very technologically advanced world where nothing is impossible. Science has made a lot of progress and it has accomplished everything that was once considered impossible by the humans. But this achievement really does not give man, the power to change all that nature has put in place. This is the main theme of Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” as well. Aylmer is a man of science who is married to nature’s most beautiful creation, Georgiana. Aylmer expresses deep affection towards his wife, but the narrator hints from the beginning that his two passions in life will eventually have to come in conflict. This is clear from the statement in the first paragraph where the narrator says, “He had devoted himself, however, too unreservedly to scientific studies ever to be weaned from them by any second passion. His love for his young wife might prove the stronger of the two; but it could only be by intertwining itself with his love of science, and uniting the strength of the latter to his own.” She, his wife, is perfect overall, with just one flaw: a small hand shaped birthmark on her left cheek. Others perceive this mark as an angel gripping Georgiana connecting her to the other world, it is considered as God’s blessing on Georgiana by people in general. But Aylmer, blinded by science, cannot bear this single
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flaw in his wife and decides to use all his scientific capabilities to remove this mark from her cheek and to do this he is even ready to put his beloved wife’s life in danger. What is a blessing to others is a source of annoyance and imperfection to Aylmer. In the story Hawthorne shows that Georgiana is the lovely nature and Aylmer is the science. This depiction is where narrator tells us that science always tries to tamper with the nature and change the way it is. The story tells us how the overuse of science to make changes in the almost
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