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Rappaccini's Daughter

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Rappaccini's Daughter Parker Hendix and
Rachel Cottrell Characters Giovanni Gausconti : {protagonist} The young protagonist whos window overlooks the garden below. He sees the beauty of Beatrice, and he falls in love with her. {Or more the idea of a beautiful woman}

Dr. Rappaccini : {antagonist} A sinister physician who cultivates poisonous plants in his garden with the help of his daughter. With them, he then attempts to extract the poison and use them for medical cures.

Dr. Pietro Baglioni : {antagonist} A University of Padua professor of medinine. Baglioni and Dr. Rappaccini are professional rivals and bitter enemies, one striving to outdo the other in medical achievements. Setting The story takes place Padua, a major city in northern Italy in the 1800's. The majority of the scenes are set in the garden cultivated by Dr. Rappaccini.
{The paradoxical/ inverse that everytime an experiment happens, it takes place in the Garden of Eden } Rising Action The rising action begins when Professor Baglioni warns Giovanni of Rappaccini. Giovanni is having dinner with Baglioni and he asks the professor about the docter and his daughter, Beatrice. Baglioni denounces the doctor as being one who is more concerned with scientic research and discoveries than of humanity itself.

Giovanni visits her, and he quickly falls in love. After his many visits, he realises he is in fact, like Beatrice, is poisonous. Climax Giovanni confronts Beatrice in the garden to tell he is also poisonous. He blames Beatrice for exposing him to the poisons and he becomes quite angry towards her. She explains that she never intended to kill him and his heart, like many others, just craves love. Falling Action Giovanni tries to reconcile with Beatrice. He explans he has an anecdote that will cure them both. He hopes that it will cure them and they can live a normal life together. Beatrice, willing to display her love or him, takes the anecdote. Denouement/Resolution Beatrice takes the anecdote and falls fatally ill and dies in the garden. Conflicts Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered as one of the greatest writers in American history. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel, ashamed, later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821 and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828; he later tried to suppress it, feeling it was not equal to the standard of his later work.Hawthorne developed his ability to write during 1825 through 1850. He has written many short shorts along with many novels. In 1850, he was given international fame with his novel The Scarlet Letter, which is considered a masterpiece of American literature.

Nathaniel Hawthorne lived for sixty years. {from 1804 to 1864.} During that time, he wrote many allergies, often dealing with themes of morality, sun, and redemption. He called his writings "romance" which he defined as a method of showing "the depths in our common nature." Hawthorne was very much influenced with the parables and allegories of John Bunyan and Edmund Spenser. Man vs. Circumstances Romantic Traits Like most stories from the era, Rappaccini's Daughter portrays elements of suspense and fear, focuses on the beauty and ultimate role of nature, and displays a fascination of the supernatural. No Happy Ending/Death/Tragedy Suspense {mood} Nature Supernatural World Isolation {usually from a reality} In the end, Beatrice dies and Giovanni is poisonous and loses the one thing he loved. Hawthorne's physical descrption of the mansion and Giovanni's apartment help establish an ominous mood and foreshadows the story's tragic ending. The story takes place surrounded by nature. Also, Rappaccini's "quest" for divine beauty ends with the love of his garden, and the plants that inhibited it. Beatrice kills flies with her breath. And Rappaccini created a poisonous plant that kills. Beatrice is isolated from the world. She lives inside the garden and adapts to it. Plot Line The plot of Rappaccini’s Daughter follows the tale of a young man who falls in love with a woman he sees in a garden, but thanks to the intervention of science in nature, he and his love meet more than a disastrous end. Theme Also, the theme of Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter has been debated many times. It seems that it could also be a comparasion to "The Garden of Eden." Where as Rappaccini is the "God", Baglioni is the "Satan", Giovanni is the "Eve" that is introduced and subsequently induces the Fall from grace. Piont of Veiw Hawthorne writes from a third person veiw. Allowing for a narrator. However Giovanni is in favor. The theme in Rappaccini’s Daughter that is displayed undoubtfully, is the dangerous intersection between nature and man. Mood Suspenseful, foreshadowing tragic events, uncertainty Tone Giovanni struggles to deal with the fact that Beatrice is poisonous and he is determined to show her his love. He attempts to overcome the temptations of love. {internal} When Beatrice dies in the end, it is hard for Giovanni to handle considering it was the will of Baglioni, a dear friend of his father. {internal} He also fights against the poison itself. {external but certain aspects of internal} Unsure Suspense Repressive By Nathanial Hawthorne Omunious Mischievous
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