Love is an experience that many people in today’s society desire in their life for many reasons. It is something that many people hold very dear to them. Many people make significant sacrifices to receive the approval and acceptance from those that they love; Nathaniel Hawthorne proved this in The Birth-Mark. What Georgiana did to prove her love to Aylmer was a clear example of the sacrifices she would have made. Love and self-esteem issues could have been the motives for Georgiana removing the birth-mark. These motives could also be why women in today’s society have similar procedures done, for similar reasons.
Georgiana’s love for Aylmer could be why she chose to have the birthmark removed. Her love is so strong that she needs to make any sacrifices to prove her love to him. She states, “Either remove this dreadful Hand, or take my wretched life!” (Hawthorne 1264). This shows that she is truly in love with him and will do anything to gain his approval. Despite her own feelings of the birth-mark, she is willing to have it removed in the name of love.
Women in the 21st century are not really concerned with a birth-mark because there is plastic surgery to fix that. Whether it is liposuction, breast implants or dieting, these things are often done for the purpose of gaining the love and approval of a man. Many of these sacrifices are known to be dangerous and even life threatening, but it is still something that is done. These actions can be parallel with those of Georgiana because many of these things are done with the purpose of showing a partner that the love for them is true.
The last reason that Georgiana could have wanted the birth-mark removed is because of the many self-esteem issues that she had. In the quote, “To tell you the truth, it has been so often called a charm, that I was simple enough to imagine it might be so” (Hawthorne 1262). This quote could be interpreted as her th