In this book gaia lives in a dystopian world

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O’Brien. In this book, Gaia lives in a dystopian world separated into two sections: the Enclave, where the wealthy live in luxury, and Wharfton, which is outside the enclave and where poor people reside and make a living by trading newborn babies for basic necessities such as food and water. Just like Gaia playing a motherly role in mythology, Gaia in Birthmarked is a midwife who helps deliver babies to the Enclave. This connection is significant because it demonstrates that the author of Birthmarked may have been inspired by the mythological story of Gaia and
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wanted to use her own creativity to transform this figure into a human, but maintain the same gender and her overall reputation of being a mother. Although different societies have different standards of beauty, the stories of Aphrodite, Narcissus, Medusa, and Pygmalion are some of the stories that include the theme of beauty and its variety of effects in a powerful and notable way. Still, both stories prove that being blessed with beauty comes with pro et contra. In Norse mythology, Freya’s story very much demonstrates the Norwegian standards of beauty including blonde hair and blue eyes and traditional gender roles...
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