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Essay #1 - Lucas Vascocu March 14, 2008 English 102 010...

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Lucas Vascocu March 14, 2008 English 102 010 Essay #1 Topic #10 Selfish Love In today’s society, more people are finding imperfections in people’s physical appearance and getting married for the wrong reasons. Nathaniel Hawthorne shows his readers this problem through “The Birthmark”. Hawthorne throughout the story makes his readers wonder if Aylmer really loves Georgiana, and why Georgiana would allow Aylmer to perform a procedure that could possible end her life. In “The Birthmark”, Georgiana possesses a mark upon her cheek. The tiny mark is crimson and in the peculiar shape of a tiny hand and changes with Georgiana’s moods. When she is happy, it simply grows faint and disappears. Yet with any sudden change in emotion, she is quick to turn pale and the mark reappears. Many admire the mark as a distinction of Georgiana’s natural beauty and uniqueness. However, some believe it is the very mark that the birthmark quite destroyed the effect of Georgiana’s beauty. Aylmer falls in the latter group. Most “…contented themselves with wishing it away so that the world might possess one living specimen of ideal loveliness without the semblance of a flaw” ().
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '08 term at LA Tech.

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Essay #1 - Lucas Vascocu March 14, 2008 English 102 010...

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