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Unformatted text preview: antidote to Beatrice so that can be together, but the antidote kills Beatrice rather than just heal her. I found this story very unusual and I felt like it could be interpreted in numerous ways. However there are still some similarities in settings and themes Hawthorne uses in many writings. The author is trying to portray views of humans on faith versus science. I believe Hawthorne’s moral is that humans are very wrong in thinking they can improve upon natural creation. Therefore there is a lack of faith from the scientist that just wants to rely on evidence to establish the truth. There is also a lack of faith from Giovanni to Beatrice that leads to her death. She tells him to have faith in her and she is pure from the inside. I also thought Hawthorne used some Biblical references such as the Garden of Eden. Rappaccinnis’s cultivated garden is a perverse Garden of Eden and it represents Rappaccini’s overreaching endeavor to constrain and improve nature....
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- Spring '11
- Poison, Beatrice, Garden of Eden