Physical Appearance In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark

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Throughout time, people have been more and more obsessed with physical appearance. People started to compare themselves with others or wanted to be different, to be perfect in some way like the picture that their mind drew. “The Birthmark” was released in the 1800’s but already discussed the message of a perfect physical appearance, the fascination with a perfect look without regard for the side effects. “The Birthmark” begins with a picture of a couple, Aylmer and his precious wife, Georgiana. Georgiana has a birthmark on her check which looks like a tiny hand and a lot of men were dying to try and touch her birthmark; however, her husband Aylmer was just the opposite. He did not like the birthmark and always attempted to remove it. Georgiana loved her husband so much that she let him remove the birthmark. She knew the risks involved but…show more content…
Does Aylmer love his wife though? For a moment, maybe he just loves the image of Georgiana without the birthmark. Aylmer is a scientist and he believes that he can change her face, remove the birthmark. He succeeded in making the birthmark go away but killed his wife in the process. Just like today, people get plastic surgery so much that some get addicted to it. They keep doing it without regard for themselves or even looking back on themself. They just continue to change and change and many cases of plastic surgery ends up in death. People that like to get tattoos, may get addicted and keep getting tattoos until they cover their whole body, as well as piercings! Some people wake up in time and they try to remove it all before it is too late, but most cases people end up with regret and live with their mistakes forever. Sometimes, nature’s beauty is what you should be happy with. A birthmark can only be found with you, in the unique body that Mother Nature gave you. Be happy with it and that is the perfect and unique appearance you will

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