My Reflection on "The Birth-Mark"

Joanne Chang
American Literature / Travel Log #1
Dwandwan Ou-Yang
December 30, 2013

My Reflection on "The Birth-Mark"

Have you ever thought about pursuing perfection on your appearance? If you have ever thought of it, do you know what consequences would bring to you? There is a moral lesson in Nathaniel Hawthorn's "The Birth-Mark." It is a story about how a newly-married couple faces their relationship and what consequences would bring after they challenge with the nature, or fatal flaws of humanity. The plot begins with the conversation between Aylmer and Georgiana. After marriage for not long, Aylmer starts to complain about Georgiana's imperfection which is the birthmark on her ...

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wife. Throughout the story, I am going to explore the symbol of the birthmark, and how the birthmark reinforces the themes in this work.
The birthmark is a part of our body which is ineffaceable. In the text, the narrator mentions that "The Crimson Hand expressed the ineludible gripe... as the symbol of his wife's liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death (646)". In another words, the birthmark in here is a symbol of an ominous mark which relates to death. If human want to remove it readily, it seems that the mark would invoke sleeping evil spirits bringing you down to the hell. On the other hand, the tiny red birthmark shapes in a hand-shape on Georgiana's cheek.
Why is this shape rather than others? In my opinion, it is a hand of God. All we know that God is a creator who creates all living things in the world even the greatest masterpiece, human being. God also has holy power to control our life whether survive or died, all upon his choice. However, the hand on Georgiana's ...

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