The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written in 1843 in the beginning of the largest feminist movement in the United States of America which occurred between the years 1840 and 1920 (National). During the 1830s and 1840s there were many women who spoke out about women’s rights. They argued for many changes with one of them being a social change in their duties to be subdominant to males. They tended to rally around prohibition by fighting for human rights as a whole (Women’s). This period of time in my opinion had a huge impact on what this story is truly about. By seeing how women were fighting for equality to men, Nathaniel Hawthorne presented Georgiana as a submissive character to her husband in this short story. In the beginning of this short story, Georgiana is presented as a character who has a birthmark in the shape of a hand on her cheek. This is seen as an imperfection in which Aylmer, her husband, disapproved of. The third paragraph of this short story is as follows: “‘Georgiana,’" said he, ‘has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?’" This immediately shows Aylmer’s disliking of this mark upon her cheek. This continues into Georgiana getting upset about why Aylmer does not like it but everyone else has yet to say something during her life. Immediately a reader can realize that Aylmer has some control over his wife when shortly after she says, “we must have it out.” By saying, “I know not what may be the cost…

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