Rappaccini daughter - antidote to Beatrice so that can be...

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Rappaccini’s Daughter Readings in American Life Christian Yimgnia In “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, Hawthorne tells the tale of a botanist who has raised his daughter as a rare flower in a clinically controlled setting. The protagonist Giovanni notices that Dr Rappaccini’s daughter, Beatrice, goes out of her way to touch and caress the exotic and poisonous plants. Dr Rappanccini has an extraordinary interest in cultivating plants which produce concentrated poisons. However Giovanni, whom is in love with Beatrice, enters the garden and meets with Beatrice a number of times regardless of the warning of his mentor, Professor Baglioni, that Rappaccini is up to no good and he and his work should be avoided. Giovanni then discovers that Beatrice becomes poisonous herself. Beatrice urges Giovanni to look past her poisonous exterior and see her pure and innocent essence. He begins to suffer the consequences of his encounters with the plants and discovers that he has become poisonous. Then comes another meeting with the two, where Giovanni brings a powerful
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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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