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    • Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Rappaccini’s Daughter And Hawthorne Background
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne
      • Birth Date: July 14th, 1804
      • Birth Place: Salem, Massachusetts
      • Family Background: A descendant of Puritan immigrants; one ancestor a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials.
      • Hawthorne was what type of student at Bowdoin College?
      • What was Hawthorne’s dismal chamber?
      • What is it said he died of?
      • In what experiment did he participate?
      • What is ironic about Hawthorne wanting to “plod along with the multitude?”
      Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • The Most Important Work of Hawthorne
      • The Scarlet Letter represents the height of Hawthorne's literary genius; dense with terse descriptions. It remains relevant for its philosophical and psychological depth, and continues to be read as a classic tale on a universal theme.
    • Rappaccini’s Daughter
      • Giovanni, the main character of the story, had noticed the odd deportment of Dr. Rappaccini and his beautiful daughter, Beatrice.
      • He then discovered Beatrice’s “secret,” particularly her sweet fragrant breath, and visited her often after he had gained access to the garden.
      • After some time, Giovanni had turned poisonous himself.
      • He got some antidote from Prof. Baglioni to Beatrice, in order to save her, but that soon became the cause of her death.
    • Themes
      • Faith and Trust
      • Revenge
      • Presence of morality
      • Solitude and isolation (Reflective of Hawthorne)
    • The Death of Beatrice by D.G. Rosetti Rappaccini’s Daughter
    • Symbolism
      • Water in the fountain  life; spirit of Beatrice
      • Purple shrub (Garden)  Beatrice's potential spiritual perfection.
      • References to the Bible, particularly to Genesis
      • Elements of Romanticism – gardens, insects, nature, water, death
    • References to the Bible
      • Dr. Rappaccini garden = Garden of Eden
      • Mansion = the domain of evil
      • Giovanni = Adam
      • Beatrice = Eve
      • Rappaccini = God or trying to be
      • Baglioni = Devil (snake)
    • Characters
      • Rappaccini– evil and dominant, yet protective
      • Beatrice– combination of good and evil, purity and corruption
      • Giovanni– the most ambivalent, sometimes obsessively love, sometimes selfishly hate
      • Baglioni– ambitious in triumphing his counterpart