Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Rappaccini’s Daughter And Hawthorne Background
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?”
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.
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.
Faith and Trust
Presence of morality
Solitude and isolation (Reflective of Hawthorne)
The Death of Beatrice by D.G. Rosetti Rappaccini’s Daughter