Monsters as Metaphors Short Paper #3

Monsters as Metaphors Short Paper #3 - Stephanie Warner...

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Stephanie Warner English 112 Lindsey Milillo 5 April 2006 Writer’s Memo The purpose of my paper was to analyze the monsters in “Rappaccini’s Daughter” to show how the monsters as metaphor theme works in stories. Writing this paper was fairly easy. I had a hard time at first coming up with exactly how to start my paper. It was not hard, after I got started, to identify who the monsters are and what they represent in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”. I enjoyed analyzing this text because it was easy for me to see the underlying power theme Hawthorne created. The thing I did have a hard time with was deciding which quotes would be good to use with the claims I made. I also had a hard time incorporating the quotes, I finally decided to use, into my paper in a manner that flowed nicely. I think my transitions were good, and that my ideas flow from one to another nicely. Power Trip Every story has an underlying theme the author wants to get across to the reader. Some authors choose to use different events, places, and characters to get their theme across to the reader, but others choose to uses monsters. Stories that contain a monster figure have a meaning behind the monster. The monster is usually a physical embodiment for fear or other feelings such as xenophobia, racism, the unknown, mortality, spiritual issues, philosophical issues, extreme states of emotion, dreams, reason vs. irrationality, desire, and or ambivalence. In the story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Warner 2 uses monsters to represent the fears, obsessions, ambitions, and unhealthy desires, such as
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG ENG 112 taught by Professor Perkins during the Spring '06 term at Miami University.

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