The Birth Mark Essay

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Birth Mark, we find characters that have distinguish characteristics between good and evil; however, this work can be considered “morally ambiguous.” As I read this work, I find that Aylmer, the scientist that is married to Georgina, would be considered and evil character. As I read this work, I find that Aylmer, the scientist that is married to Georgina, would be considered and evil character. A man who tries to changes the appearance of his beautiful wife just because a simple birthmark is not sane man. A man who dreams about cutting his wife’s birthmark out with a knife, then cutting her heart out is an evil man. He tells his wife, “No dearest Georgina, you came so nearly perfect from the hand of Nature, that this slightest possible defect – which we hesitate whether to term a defect or a beauty – shocks me, a being the visible mark of earthly perfection” (645). Poor Georgina has to deal with her crazy husband. Even though knowing how insane he truly is by wanting to remove her birthmark, she goes on the say “’It is resolved then,’ said Georgina, faintly smiling, –‘And, Aylmer, spare me not, though you should find the birth-mark take refuge in my heart at last’” (648). Georgina allows her husband to remove her birthmark, and for she would be considered the “good” character. She knows that she is beautiful, but she just wishes to make her husband happy. Even though Aylmer has “good” intentions for wanting his wife to be perfect, he is morally ambiguous. He does not understand that there is nothing good about his “good” deed of trying to remove his wife’s birthmark. I honestly feel bad for Aylmer because he is an evil man, and does not even realize it. He is so obsessed with making her perfect; he does not even care of considering the possibility of killing her in the

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