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Women in The Birthmark Essay -- Birthmark Essays
Ã¢â¬Å"The BirthmarkÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â WomenÃ Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã¢â¬Å"Everything he has to say is related, finally, to Ã¢â¬Ëthat inward sphere.Ã¢â¬â¢ For the heart is the meeting-place of all the forces Ã¢â¬â spiritual and physical, light and dark, that compete for dominance in manÃ¢â¬â¢s nature. . . .Ã¢â¬ (McPherson 68-69). McPhersonÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"heartÃ¢â¬ is the key to understanding the role of women in Nathaniel HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s tale, Ã¢â¬Å"The Birthmark.Ã¢â¬ Ã Only imperfection is what nearsighted Aylmer sees in the birthmark on GeorgianaÃ¢â¬â¢s cheek. But he is unfortunately oblivious toÃ the virtue in her soul, the deep beauty contained in the depth of her love for him. The wifeÃ¢â¬â¢s virtue leads her onward and upward; the husbandÃ¢â¬â¢s lack thereof and inability to appreciate virtue in his Georgiana leads him downward and downward. Ã The concept of women is established in the very opening paragraph of Ã¢â¬Å"The Birthmark.Ã¢â¬ The narrator introduces Aylmer as a scientist who found Ã¢â¬Å"a spiritual affinity more attractive than any chemical one,Ã¢â¬ referring to his love for Georgiana. She is portrayed as having meaning in AylmerÃ¢â¬â¢s life Ã¢â¬â not in first place, but in second place to his scientific interests. Ã Even after Aylmer has Ã¢â¬Å"persuaded a beautiful woman to become his wife,Ã¢â¬ he is not capable of loving her properly, unselfishly, because he Ã¢â¬Å"had devoted himself, however, too unreservedly to scientific studies ever to be weaned from them by any second passion.Ã¢â¬ The narrator seeks to justify this error or lack in Aylmer by explaining that Ã¢â¬Å"it was not unusual for the love of science to rival the love of woman in its depth and absorbing energy.Ã¢â¬ Already at the outset of the tale, the reader perceives that Georgiana is going to be shortchanged in this marriage. She is exposed to the problem initial... ...el . The Birthmark Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=HawBirt.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=1&division=div1 Ã McPherson, Hugo. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Use of Mythology.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Stewart, Randall. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Female Characters.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Swisher, Clarice. Ã¢â¬Å"Nathaniel Hawthorne: a Biography.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Williams, Stanley T. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Puritan Mind.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996.