The Theme Of Perfection In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark

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No one is ‘perfect’. Perfection is a word we misuse to describe those who we think are above us in terms of power, beauty and much more. We often criticize those around us and ourselves due to our infinite imperfections while we should be focusing on other aspects of life. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark”, the primary focus is on human perfection as the protagonist tries to restructure the face of his wife, but it ultimately leads to her demise. This story is a mirror of life since it depicts that humans are flawed beings by our appearance or the way we are obsessed with finding flaws in others, and we should embrace others and our flaws.
As cliché as it sounds, do not judge a book by its cover. Something that may not hold value to one person may hold value to another, such as, a necklace passed down to a daughter from her mother who received it from her mother. The cover might be old, but the value it holds is still flourishing. In the story “The Birthmark”, Aylmer views the birthmark of a small hand on Georgiana’s cheek as an old book cover. He does not appreciate the beauty of it being that he is a scientist, and he strives for perfection. The text
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The short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates that no individual is flawless; we are all internally flawed because we try to change others and our flaws, but we need to learn to accept those flaws. As Aylmer, the main character tries to heal the birthmark on the face of his wife, Georgiana; he unintentionally destroys her. In our daily lives, we come across people who do not believe in themselves because they have issues of self-esteem. They have always been told that they are not beautiful enough, however, the person telling them those things are the unattractive ones with insecurities. In order to avoid these people, we have to tell ourselves that we are beautiful and beautiful people surround

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