Though he till finds her beautiful, throughout the story he becomes repulsed by her, and in this we find the theme of the story. Through the third person Omniscient point Of view, Hawthorn’s readers gain access into the thoughts of Elmer, Georgian, and even Lemurs strapping assistant Indaba. By Hawthorne narrating his story in this particular way, he ultimately gives the readers an insight into the very differing opinions regarding Georgians seemingly fatal flaw.
This narration also allows Hawthorn’s readers to see that in many cases when searching for perfection, loved ones and other many leggings can be forgotten and unfortunately lost. Hawthorn’s readers are first able to tell that Elmer is a perfectionist when we see throughout the story that even though Georgian is described as incredibly beautiful, her one flaw, the birth-mark, eventually drives him away from her and causes him to find a need to get rid of it in the first place.
For example, Elmer questions, “[Has it ever occurred to you that the mark upon your check might be removed? ] (Hawthorne 212). ” The readers first see here that Elmer is questioning how he feels about his wife’s appearance, though she is nearly reflect. Georgian on the other hand, when she is asked about her seemingly insignificant facial blemish, simply dismisses the mark as a part of herself she has learned to love. For instance she replies, “To tell you the truth, it has so often been called a charm, that I was simple enough to imagine it might be so (Honoree 212). Next, Hawthorn’s readers are also able to see that perfectionism is the theme when the author clues the readers in on the fact that many other men found her shockingly attractive and paid no attention to he one frivolous flaw Georgians husband caused to take out of proportions. For example, “Georgians lovers were wont to say that some fairy at her birth-hour had laid her tiny hand upon the infant’s cheek, and left this impress there in token of the magic endowments that were to give her such sway over all hearts (Hawthorne 213). When this quote is read, it seems the author is trying to subtly say that Elmer is the only man Georgian has ever been with that has had a problem with the birth-mark and has wanted to change her. In fact, this almost suggests that even though Elmer claims that is love for science and his love for his wife are intertwined, that he values his experiments over her.
This leads the readers to see that there is not something wrong with Georgian, but something wrong with her husband and the way he views her. For example, even Indaba, the assistant shows Georgian more compassion than her own husband. Indaba is described as a very masculine, strong, sturdy kind of character, and even he can see the way Elmer is treating his wife is wrong. He states, “If she were my wife, I’d never part with that birth-mark. (Hawthorne 216).
In this, the readers are able to the see the shift in Lemur’s feelings towards his wife, and that fact that he is still the only one who views this as a bad thing when he states, regarding his wife’s birth-mark, “In this manner, selecting it as the symbol of his wife’s liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death, Lemur’s somber imagination was not long in rendering the birth-mark a frightful object, causing him more trouble and horror than ever Georgians beauty, whether of soul or sense, had given him delight. (Hawthorne 213). Third, the theme f the story continues when the author finally reveals just how far Georgians husband would go to change her, and what he would risk to go through with it. In this part of the story, the readers start to realize that Elmer has taken his experiment Way too far, and has become obsessed with “fixing” Georgian through science. Elmer does many things throughout the story to Georgian to change her, that she and the readers are unaware of until the very ending of the story when he tells her what may happen to her if she does let him attempt to remove the birth-mark.
For example, “[Nothing shall be concealed. Know, then, that this crimson hand, superficial as it seems, has clutched its grasp into your being with a strength of which I had no previous conception. I have already administered agents powerful enough to do aught except to change your entire physical system. Only one thing remains to be tried. If that fail us we are ruined (Hawthorne 222). ” It is here the reader realizes that Lemur’s need for perfection has clouded his judgment to the point of poisoning his very own wife, just in attempt to finally e her the way he believes she is supposed to be.
At this point the readers have also seen that Elmer has let his obsession with science overpower his love for his wife, which reveals to the readers the dangers over letting science rule over anyone’s life- especially when trying to help or save loved ones. It can be difficult to be satisfied with life if a certain mental picture of what should be is pictured, and the third person omniscient point of view shows that. By being able to look into the thoughts of all three main characters, traders are able to see the theme clearly right from the moment Elmer questions his attraction to wife, to Indaba claiming he would never change her.
Lastly, when Georgian dies in the very end, and Elmer finally realizes what he has done, the reader’s see how his need for perfection overshadows what he has really needed and loved the most all along. Had Elmer realized in the beginning what he had while he had it, he may have reacted and treated his wife differently. Perfectionism can have a great impact on someone and the people around them. Hawthorne demonstrates this in the Tory very well.