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12 Copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark -12 adding pics

English Project-November
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Julia Staples

on 1 December 2010

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Transcript of 12 Copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark -12 adding pics

The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne The Birthmark encompasses many of the aspects of literature found in Romantic literature, including nature as a key element in the story and women as a hinderance to the main character's (Aylmer's) independence and freedom. The modern story we chose is the movie 200 Pounds Beauty. In this movie a young woman who is obese falls in love with a music producer. The music producer only likes the young lady because of her angelic voice, and only lets her sing through another character who is slender and good looking. One night after being embarrassed by the character that uses her voice, she decides to remake herself. She goes to a plastic surgeon who she blackmails into helping make her an entirely new body. Once the procedure is done the young lady is considered an “angel of beauty”. With a new face and body she goes back to the music producer and auditions to become a singer. Though she gets what she thought she wanted she loses her real self, her personality, which causes her to lose her best friend and hurt her sick father in a way that scars her for life. By understanding her mistake she learns that beauty is more than skin deep and changing her outward appearance will not make her truly a beautiful person. By the end of the story she becomes a better person and no longer is tries to please others. MODERN STORY
The modern story we chose is the movie 200 Pounds Beauty. In this movie a young woman who is obese falls in love with a music producer. The music producer only likes the young lady because of her angelic voice, and only lets her sing through another character who is slender and good looking. One night after being embarrassed by the character that uses her voice, she decides to remake herself. She goes to a plastic surgeon who she blackmails into helping make her an entirely new body. Once the procedure is done the young lady is considered an “angel of beauty”. With a new face and body she goes back to the music producer and auditions to become a singer. Though she gets what she thought she wanted she loses her real self, her personality, which causes her to lose her best friend and hurt her sick father in a way that scars her for life. By understanding her mistake she learns that beauty is more than skin deep and changing her outward appearance will not make her truly a beautiful person. By the end of the story she becomes a better person and no longer is tries to please others. SYMBOLISM in The Birthmark:
1. The red of the birthmark symbolizes Georgina's imperfection.
2. The white of her skin symbolizes Georgina's purity THEMES in the Birthmark:
Science vs. Nature:
Aylmer tries to control nature through science but his work only ends in Georgina's death and his unhappiness, showing that the author believed you could not control nature with science. 200 Pounds Beauty is related to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark because each story involves women who are considered “imperfect” due to one flaw. Both stories also deal with the emotional trauma of trying to change and improve physical appearances to appease others, or in these cases, to win the love and affection of disapproving men. Although older more mysical kinds of science are used in The Birthmark, while modern medical procedures including plastic surgery are used in 200 Pound Beauty, both stories use science to remove or alter flaws to make the two women “perfect.” In the process of achieving this perfection, however, both Georgiana and Hanna lose the part of themselves that make them who they are. Despite being written several decades apart, both stories depict Hawthorne's idea that unnatural means of attaining perfection can be more harmful than beneficial. The Birthmark and Romatic Literature:

The Birthmark focuses on one of the ulitmate elements of Romantic Literature through out the story....
divinity in nature
and the quest for a higher truth in the natural world.





By:
Gabby Clark
Cady Davis
and Julia Staples
period 3 LANGUAGE in The Birthmark
The lauguage in The Birthmark is often used in forshadowing.
Hawthorne uses dark language to describe Aylmer's thoughts, including his dream of Georgina's murder. This gives the story a sense of dread, leading up to the tragic ending.
Hawthorne uses very lyrical and lovely language to describe the birthmark itself, and Georgina in general, foreshadowing that perhaps she is almost perfect and that the birthmark is indeed a benign mark. His positive laguage toward Georgina also makes the reader side against Aylmer and his plan. 3. The Birthmark symbolizes mortality and Georgina's sin .
4. Aylmer's need for his wife to look perfect symbolizes all of humanity's quest for perfection We see this in Aymer's experiment with his wife and its conceuences, how he tried to control nature but failed, and how with the removal of her one imperfection Georgina was too divine to stay mortal. THEMES cont.
The Uselessness of Striving for Perfection:
By striving for perfection Aylmer only ruins what he once had, something so close to perfection that he should have been happy. Hawthorne summarizes this in the last sentence of the story, " The momentary circumstance was too strong for him; he failed to look beyond the shadowy scope of time, and, living once for all in eternity, to find the perfect future in the present." Summary of THE BIRTHMARK The Birthmark follows the lives of Aylmer and his young wife Georgina. The beginning of the story describes Aylmer’s talent and passion for science, but explains that he chose his love for Georgina over his work and eventually left his laboratory to be her husband. The birthmark, her one human imperfection had been her only connection between the perfection of heaven and the human Earth and with its disappearance she could no longer stay in the human world. Ironically, Aylmer could not realize the perfect life he had, and with his attempt at complete perfection had ruined it forever. Aylmer decides that he has the power to remove the mark through his knowledge of science and easily convinces Georgina that he can finally rid her of it. - They travel to Aylmer’s old laboratory where Aminadab, his old assistant, helps him concoct a potion for Georgina to drink to remove the mark. Finally, knowing the danger of the experiment, Alymer gives his wife the elixir from which she drinks and falls into asleep. As she sleeps Alymer watches the mark fade and eventually disappear. At first exalting at its disappearance he sees that her face now looks strange and awful without the presence of the mark. Georgina awakes after a time and smiles, telling Alymer that she is dying. which eventually leads Georgina to hate it as well and eventually prefer death to having to live with the mark. as their relationship continues Aylmer becomes more and more obsessed with Georgina’s sole imperfection, a slight reddish birthmark on her left cheek. Georgina had thought of the mark as a charm but Aylmer sees it as the only thing keeping her from complete perfection and comes to hate it... But... But the Birthmark also exibits elements of Dark Romantic Literature.
The Birthmark ends tragically, exhibiting one of the main themes of Dark Romantisicm: death.


It also shows one of Hawthorne's most prominent themes: sin. Ex: Aylmer imagines that Georgina's birthmark symbolizes her sin and spiritual flaws, and therfore must be removed. Aymer saw it as her one sign of guilt and sin, much like Hester Prynne's Scarlet A in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Ammy a singer uses Hanna's voice to become famous, with the help of Sang-Jun. One night she over hears Sang- Jun telling Ammy that they must be kind to her so she does not leave them. He at first would not do it for her. Hanna stated she would backmail him, but later on stated that she would not. She continue to tell him she only wanted to have more confidence and win her love. Going through the surgery she tranforms into a beautiful young lady who is considered angically beautiful. Once she rekindles with her best friend Chung-Min , they work together to create her new identity, Jenny, in attempt to get her old job back. Instead of getting her old job back she is given a contract label to become a singer herself. As she begins to become more famous, she begins to lose her true self more and more. After finally losing her friend and father she realizes nothing she went through could equal this kind of pain. At the end she goes back to being Hanna and becomes more famous then before, gaining confidence in being herself. Hanna's friend and Doctor play a role in wanting to keep her the way she was. They both encouraged her to embrace herself the way nature made her. Social Context
The Birthmark was written during the Second Great Awakening in America, which was a religious revival movement during the early 19th century. People believed they could be saved through revivals. There was an interest in perfection for society and human nature. Hawthorne’s writings were centered on evil, guilt, and sin as the inherent qualities of human nature, and the idea that science and nature shouldn’t be combined. His works often have deep moral messages, psychological complexity, and even some surrealism.
Finally deciding she has had enough, Hannah calls a plastic surgeon she knows and asks him to give her an operation. In the modern story we chose, 200 Pounds Beauty, Hanna is a girl with a beautiful voice who is in love with her music producer. Her only flaw is her obesity. old self New Self
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