Aylmer's pursuit of perfection is both tragic and allegorical. The irony of Aylmer's obsession and pursuit is that he was a man whose "most splendid successes were almost invariably failures." Rather than obsessing over correcting his failures, he quickly forgets them. Similarly, instead of obsessing over Georgiana's splendid beauty, he quickly forgets it. That a man of so many failures would be trying to perfect someone else is both ironic and allegorical. This type of story has biblical symmetry to Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount." In Matthew 7:3, Christ is quoted as saying, "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" This similarity cannot be overlooked and can be analyzed as an indictment of the remnants of Puritan culture in New England at the time. Rather than focusing on their own failures, they instead made a life of pointing out the mistakes and flaws of others, regardless of whether they truly existed. [ citation needed ] The "Birth-Mark" is a morality tale and indictment of Puritan culture. Aylmer's unyielding pursuit to remove the one "flaw" from Georgiana shows his own blindness of conscience. Similarly, Puritans separated themselves from everything and everyone with beliefs contrary to their own.  Some critics contend that the theme of the story is that human perfection can only be achieved in death and is, therefore, unattainable in life. Her death is foreshadowed in Aylmer's dream of cutting out the mark, in which he discovers the birthmark is connected to Georgiana's heart, which he elects to cut out as well in his attempt to remove the birthmark.