Through analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark", how is gender incorporated into Georgiana's identity by the author?
In Hawthorne's short story "The Birthmark," the reader is presented with Georgiana, a woman with a birthmark on her cheek. Her husband becomes so obsessed with removing it, that he causes her death.
Several issues of gender are incorporated into this story.
First, the birthmark seems to have an allure for men, rather than putting them off. Perhaps it is because men can see Georgiana's inner beauty as well as her superficial, physical beauty. Some reference that the mark may symbolize her sexuality, though it is presented as a "charm." In either case, it portrays something this woman has that seems to exert control over men (making her husband crazy).
This is a theme that also comes up in the story....
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