Analyze Nathaniel Hawthornes character Georgiana in The Birthmark with James Joyces protagonist in Eveline. What similar or dissimilar techniques do the authors use to motivate their female protagonists Form an opinion regarding the pas. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Various writers and philosophers have tried to explain the relationship between one’s behavior and his or her mind and have come to a unanimous conclusion that human behavior is a reflection of what goes on in their minds that have a connection with their past.
A person’s past is therefore very important in defining his or her behavior and personality during his or her lifetime. This paper will look at how Hawthorne and Joyce motivate their female protagonists based on the relationship between the mind and one’s actions. This is done in connection with a scrutiny of Hawthorne’s book, “Birthmark” and James Joyce’s book “Eveline” among other relevant sources on psychoanalysis.
The “Birthmark” tells of a story of a couple Georgian and her husband Aymer who are continuously being affected by Georgian’s physical imperfection brought about by the birthmark on her left cheek “in the centre of Georgian’s left cheek there was a singular mark, deeply interwoven as it were, with the texture and substance of her face” (Cervo19). This, Aymer continually refers to as a horror in Georgian and she is gravely affected by this. At one point, Aymer dreams of cutting out the mark going deep into her heart in his bid to exercise his scientific learning over the years he has been practicing as a scientist. Georgian, disgusted by the horrors brought about by her birthmark on her husband agrees to have the mark removed by Aymer given his long-standing scientific experience. “You have deep science. The entire world bears witness of it. You have achieved great wonders. Cannot you remove this little, little mark, which I cover with the tips of two small fingers? Is this beyond your power, for the sake of your own peace, and to save your poor wife from madness? (Hawthorne).
Hawthorne’s book the “Birthmark” expresses the degree of human imperfection in nature. Every human being has some sort of imperfection in one way or the other.