Rappacini Essay

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Rappaccini`s Daughter
Rappaccini`s Daughter is gothic story written by Nathaniel Hawthorn in 1844.the story begins with a young man Giovanni who comes to Padua to study medicine at the university of Padua .He rents a room a ‘’high gloomy chamber’’ above a magical garden .The garden belongs to Dr. Rappaccini who lives with his own daughter ,Beatric who has been poisonous by his father .Giovanni sits by window which overlooks to the garden ,he is fascinated by garden which are full of strange flowers and plants .One day he is attracted by Rappaccini`s daughter Beatric He falls in loves with her but he is warned by his father`s freind professor Baglion to stay away ...view middle of the document...

So the narrator tries to mention that appearance does not always look as what it is.
It is also important to notice that the shrub which is located in the center of the garden is symbolic because it represents the Tree of knowledge of good and evil both Beatric and the shrub are described in very similar way, both as being rich as the sun.
Also the color purple is used very ambiguously. Scientifically, purple is hybrid that results from blending blue and red. The color purple may also represents human beings who are mixture of good and bad. A deep hue of purple is often associated with gloom, with sad mysterious feeling. Contrastingly the color purple is also symbol of royalty and spirituality. So by using the purple Hawthorn shows the double nature of shrub and Beatrice. She is as pure as she is poisonous like shrub with its magnificent blossoms. The shrub in this story is symbol of tree of knowledge .The fruits of the tree brings the fatal end to the mankind and here the breath of the poisonous plants and its blossom puts an end to Beatrice`s life.
The theme of corruption brings to show itself when Hawthorn mentions plants that ‘’crept serpent-like’’ along the ground. When Rappaccini appears to study, he treats the plants as if they are like savage beast or deadly snakes or evil spirits. But real evil is not the garden plants , it is Rappaccini the only person who generates corruption. His experiments also corrupts his body which become feeble and sickly.
Beatrice is symbol of purity and goodness though her father has her body whit poisonous. The name ’’Beatrice’’ is derived from the latin word Beatrix , meaning she who makes people happy.
Marble fountain is symbol of physical corruption and purity of soul like Beatric`s. Dr.Rappaccini also makes Giovanni poisonous when he enters the garden to meet Beatric. Over time his contact with Beatric and breathing in the air of perfumes in the garden corrupts his body.
Professor.Balgion, rival of Dr.Rappaccini is corrupt. Becuase he gives Giovanni the antidote to help Beatric get rid of poisonous of her body but ironically it kills her.so the evidence shows that his motives is mixture of revenge and ambition because wants to defeat Dr.Rappaccini.
Another theme of story is about human lust for power. Rappaccini uses science as vehicle for power over nature, through Beatric and the garden .He just, for the sake of power through science ,treats with Beatric and the plants.Touching nothing directly ,only...

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