He brings her a potion that he says cannot fail. This causes the hemangioma to soften, fade, and shrink. However, what could have been a sweet love story turns into a nightmare as Aylmer becomes obsessed with removing a small birthmark on Georgiana's cheek. One day, Aylmer asks his wife whether she has ever thought about removing the birthmark on her cheek. She begins to weep over the element of the book which contrasts the height of achievements of men with their failures and shortcomings. The journal seemed to demonstrate the frustrations and shortcomings of an earthly being aiming for an unattainable higher nature.
He also has challenged the reader to question the reasons and distance a person is willingly to go to in the quest for obtaining perfection. Hawthorne also uses Aylmer and the hand-shaped birthmark as symbols of this conflict and its resolution. Aylmer, on the other hand, can be regarded both as a heartless scientist, vainly seeking the impossible, but also as a loving husband who believes his wife deserves nothing less than perfection. He has obviously thought about the morality of science and its interaction with nature, and passes judgment on those who pursue alchemy or the elixir of life without a thought for the moral implications. Hawthorne shows these Romantic ideals in his short story 'The Birthmark' by focusing on obsessive love and the conflict between nature and science. As she watches, a plant sprouts and flowers. Georgiana wakes up in sweet-smelling rooms that have been made beautiful for her.
As Georgiana studies the various aspects of her husband's profession she finds herself captivated. Pigment cells are what give your skin its natural color. He is a rough, strong man who does the physical work of the lab. He feels confident that he can keep Georgiana perfectly safe in his lab. Georgiana is horrified, but Aylmer tells her that applied carefully, the poison can also work to remove skin blemishes. For instance, Georgiana is hardly complex and in fact, is a frustratingly obedient, patient, and meek woman.
When she wakes, it takes Georgiana a moment to remember where she is, and she automatically covers the birthmark with her hand. Nature cannot be thwarted by man. To Alymer, his wife is perfection personified but this birthmark gives him extreme consternation and, being a man of science, he wishes to remove it. Thus, Georgiana is isolated in a luxurious boudoir while Aylmer works night and day in the adjoining lab to discover a treatment. Some women think the mark ruins her beauty, but the narrator says this is nonsense. Aylmer is considered a great scientist, yet his journal reveals that his biggest successes were actually failures, that he was never able to exert the control over nature that he wanted.
Vascular birthmarks occur in around of newborns. Although, she reads his journals and finds out that all his experiments never quite reach their full goal. This type of treatment is performed by a dermatologist or surgeon. The symbol of the birth-mark standing for mortality can be seen again towards the end 1784 Words 8 Pages 29. They will seclude themselves in the extensive apartments that Aylmer uses as a laboratory. Aylmer sees only that he can now unite his love of science with his love of Georgiana.
Vascular birthmarks Sometimes a bunch of extra blood vessels will clump together and you can see this cluster in your skin. In each of the stories the theme relates directly to the expectations that women were held to during that time in history. He always pretended to be calm and collected in front of her, but now he is pale and worried as he stands over the furnace distilling the liquid that she will have to drink. Its other theme is science versus nature, in the Romantic belief that nature should be left alone. One common literary device is symbolism. It becomes less visible when she blushes, but is more visible when she is pale.
Aylmer hears his assistant chuckle; Aylmer himself rejoices, as he believes he has succeeded — but he awakens Georgiana, who murmurs that she is dying. Birthmarks vary in color, size, appearance, and shape. How does Aylmer convince his wife that her birthmark is a symbol of imperfection, and goes deeper than a small flaw? If your child has several, they may also have a medical condition, called. Some, such as port-wine stains, are permanent and may even occur on the face. Mark also tells the events in more of a chronological order than the other gospels. He doesn't like the birthmark; he thinks Georgiana would be perfect if it were removed.
Analyzing… 1609 Words 7 Pages A Biosocial Analysis of Three Births One woman, who will be referred to by the pseudonym Jen for the purposes of this paper, had three live births over the course of seven years in two locations with three different doctors. She drinks the potion, and almost immediately falls asleep. Plot Overview The narrator introduces Aylmer as a brilliant scientist and natural philosopher who has abandoned his experiments for a while to marry the beautiful Georgiana. The next day, the two move into apartments that Aylmer uses as a laboratory. Even after she drinks Aylmer's potion and is slowly dying, she isn't angry at him for killing her. His world is calculations and experiments, facts and figures.
As Georgiana studies the various aspects of her husband's profession she finds herself captivated by what he can do. Written by Timothy Sexton has lived an efficient, but somewhat lonely life as a scientist with a keen interest in natural philosophy. She seems glad that the birthmark is fading, but then she starts to look worried. He shows her how it cures a geranium of blots. Aylmer seems oblivious to any such loss. He disappears for hours and then shows her his cabinet of wonders. After reading both of the stories, it is clear that there were several literary elements used to portray the domestic responsibilities of women in society at the time.