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Hubris in "The Birthmark" and "Ozymandias"

Summary: The theme of excessive pride is shared in two otherwise dissimilar works: Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Birthmark" and Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ozymandias." "The Birthmark" reveals human vanity by describing Aylmer's fixation on removing the birthmark. In "Ozymandias," the statue symbolizes Ozymandias' downfall caused by the character's hubris.
After reading the two famous works: Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" and Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ozymandias", I can readily understand the point that both authors want to make to their audiences. Despite the fact that these two pieces of literature are completely different in many ways, such as the genre, the speakers' tone and the narrator's point of view; there are still some similarities which lead to a single point: hubris.

Hubris is the theme of both of these texts; nevertheless, the two authors address this voice of the texts in different ways.

Hubris, may be defined as follows: "is the excessive pride displayed by a character and often taking the form of a boastful comparison of the self to the divine, the gods, or other higher powers-often also resulting in harsh punishment." This definition of the term hubris indicates that overweening pride usually results in tragedy. However, these...

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