The Birthmark Analysis

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Jasmine Lee
English 111
Pre-write/Rough draft
Although, Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” came to different conclusions towards their leading ladies, they both centralize on the social views of sexism, gender inequality, oppression of women, the ideals of the perfect woman, and the foolishness of such perfection. “The Yellow Wallpaper” begins with the narration from Jane Doe, who’d just moved to a new home for the summer with her husband John. The reason behind this is because Jane’s sick - diagnosed with “temporary depression - a slight hysterical tendency (Gilman 478).” John, a physician, insists that she undergo the ‘rest cure’ (a practice not uncommon in the late nineteenth century
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Georgiana is utterly beautiful, except for an ever-so-faint birthmark on her cheek. Aylmer believes that by removing this one tiny blemish his wife will finally be the pinnacle of physical perfection, and sets about performing all kinds of experiments and potions with which to achieve this aim. In the end (spoiler alert), his attempts to remove the birthmark end up killing her. Both stories involve a man whose wife doesn’t fit the misguided standard of what a woman should ideally be – quiet, docile, obedient, and beautiful - and then to attempt to shape their wives more to their liking through the use of science, whether psychological or biochemical. Proving in both cases, to be a disaster; no common sense were apart of these two stories, all that was there was gender inequality and sexism. With Jane the sexism was clear when her husband had refused to listen to her, when she needed to talk about her health. Because John (the husband), was a doctor he believed he knew best simply the fact he was a man, who owned his wife, and that’s how things went. With Georgina

Work cited:
'The Perfect Woman: Misogyny In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’S “The Yellow Wallpaper” And Nathaniel Hawthorne’S “The Birth-Mark”'. N.p., 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.,. 'Kyle's Blog #1 The Yellow Wallpaper & The Birthmark | Winter 2015 Introduction To Literature'. N.p., 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.
Nimmoh Stanley's blog,. 'The Yellow Wallpaper, The Birthmark And The Perception Of Women'. N.p., 2012. Web. 17 Nov.

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