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"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" By Flannery O' Conner And Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark"

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Life Forever ChangedIn the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O' Conner a hard lesson is learned through the character of a grandmother to a murdered family that pleads to the killer for her life. The grandmother is described by the killer at the end of the story here, "she would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life" (338) By this the killer meant that it took a tragic event in order for her to understand herself. Throughout the story the grandmother saw herself as better than other people, and only at the end when facing death did she put herself to a lower level than someone. Another story in which the author uses a shocking ...view middle of the document...

"Aylmer, I know what may be the cost to both of us to rid me of this fatal birthmark...And Aylmer spare me not, though you should find the birthmark take refuge in my heart at last." (309) In this quote his wife Georgiana agrees to this experiment and is killed in the process. I believe that Georgiana knew that her birthmark was meant to be with her for her life, and because her husband wanted to change this she knew that she might die. " have rejected the best the earth could offer. Aylmer dearest Aylmer, I am dying!"(316) Here Aylmer's wife tells him of her coming death as a result of the experiment. The fact that Georgiana tells Aylmer that she is the best the world implies that she believed she was perfect. I think that because Georgiana thought she was perfect made her not so perfect, also that she wanted to unnaturally change herself. Although Aylmer had good intentions he learned a lesson that he could not create a perfect individual. Aylmer proved to be egotistical, and tried to over come life itself with his scientific knowledge. The fact that Aylmer chose to experiment on his wife showed he had to incorporate his wife into his science in order for him to accept her. Aylmer's life was now changed forever. Only now after the loss of his wife, did he realize what he had and what he had lost.Hawthorne sums up the lesson learned by Aylmer at the end of the story. "The momentary circumstances was too strong for him [Aylmer]; he failed to look beyond the shadowy scope of time, and, living once for all eternity, to find the perfect future in the present" (316). By this I believe that Hawthorne means that Aylmer over looked that if he had lived his life with his wife instead of trying to make her into something that she was not, he would have been happy.I believe the lesson learned in reading The Birthmark should be learned by others because it helped me to step back and realize how I might or...

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