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Rappaccini daughter

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

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