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The Birthmark

1. What does the birthmark represent for Georgiana? For Aylmer? For Aminadab?
2. How is the theme of married love illustrated in this story? What form does love take for each main character? How is it expressed?
3. What traditional marital roles go Georgiana and Aylmer enact? To what extent are these roles still in evidence today?

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What does the birthmark represent for Georgiana? For Aylmer? For Aminadab?

Even today, a birthmark is considered some type of skin flaw. Back when this story was written, science was not as advanced and these sorts of imperfections had little explanation. With this in mind, the birthmark, for Georgiana, represented her humanity simply because it shows that she has flaws like every human being on Earth. Hawthorne suggests in the story that flaws represents humankind simply because humans are imperfect. Therefore, this shows the Georgiana is human because she has an imperfection.

Aylmer feels that the birthmark represents imperfection too, and unfortunately, this forces him to see that his wife is imperfect. This imperfection goes deeper for him because he begins to believe that she is not only physically flawed but also spiritually ...

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The expert determines what the birthmark represents for Georginana, Aylmer, and Aminadab. The traditional marital roles go Georgiana and Aylmer enact is determined.

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