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Majuri 1 Luke Majuri Dr. Melissa Crofton COM1102 1 February 2020 “The Birthmark” and Female Submission Ladies were entirely powerless during the eighteenth century since they commonly did not have proper opportunity or the social acceptance to attain it. Because of this, many women fell into the submission of male desires and had to suffer the consequences of the male’s actions. This was the situation with Georgiana, a character in "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is a story from the eighteenth century about a chemist obsessed with his work who weds a beautiful young lady. His obsession with his work transforms his wife into another experiment of his which unfortunately leads to her untimely demise. The young lady, Georgiana, was described to have physique and beauty that “nature made so perfectly”, yet she had a red skin coloration on her cheek (Hawthorne). Her significant other, Aylmer, persuaded her to permit him to remove the skin coloration, yet him doing so killed her. Nathaniel Hawthorne investigates the idea that male selfishness annihilates any sentiment for the other sex due to the social construction of male superiority through his employments of imagery and symbolism. Imagery is, beyond question, the overwhelming abstract gadget used; created through the birthmark and the characters themselves. The birthmark itself is integral to each part of the story as an image of mortality and identity, providing the fundamental focal point of the story.

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