The Scar Of Responsibility By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The Scar of Responsibility “In the latter part of the last century there lived a man of science, an eminent proficient in every branch of natural philosophy, who not long before our story opens had made experience of a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one” (Hawthorne 3). This story is “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The birthmark symbolizes the loss of perfection to human nature or the eye of success. Therefore making the conflict man versus man, all the while, having man versus supernatural (God) becoming “Vitus” secondary conflict of the story. This secondary conflict later arose with God when Aylmer aimed to remove the birthmark on Georgiana’s face to make her be perfect to all that saw her and more (Stephanie 5). The conflicts arose also because Aylmer believed that he needed to only get rid of the birthmark to become happy. Because it was not only a hideous imperfection on her face but it is a symbol for everything they hold dear to them. This conflict of classification is the very soul of Aylmer and Georgiana’s love for each other (Stephanie 4). In Greek literature a tragic flaw is the beginning of a characters downfall. In the short story, “the Birthmark”, Aylmer and Georgiana can both have tragic flaws; their responsibility toward each other is the very reason for Aylmer and Georgiana’s downfall. In Greek literature a tragic flaw refers in plain words when the main character ends up dead or defeated, which is the very reason or…

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