Georgian's Transformation

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In “The Birthmark,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Georgiana’s futile attempt to be flawless by cooperating in her own murder doesn’t make her any wiser, especially because such a sacrifice does not earn her closeness with her husband. The character of Georgiana epitomizes the virtues upheld by the conventions of her time; she is beautiful, docile and has no ambitions of her own other than to make her husband happy. In addition to this apparent …

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…too. It can also be said that the fatal concoction damages her heart, and that the birthmark vanishes “amid the triumphant rush of blood that bathed the whole cheek . . .” (Hawthorne 11). Thus Georgiana would have been wiser resenting her husband’s ambitious intentions of removing “the visible mark of earthly imperfection” (Hawthorne 11). While her intense love and worship for her husband can never be doubted, her foolish sacrifice, at the same time can not be appreciated.