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Rappaccini's Daughter

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Rappaccini's Daughter Elements... Irony Stylistic Qualities The garden whom Giovanni
"judged it to be one of those botanic garden." -this garden is deadly Beatrice, "a young girl, arrayed with as much richness of taste as the most splendid of the flowers, beautiful as day, and with bloom so deep and vivid that one shade more would have been too much." -Beatrice was dangerous and literally poisonous. Romanticism "Day after day, his [Giovanni] pulses had throbbed with feverish blood, at the improbable idea of an interview with Beatrice, and of standing with her, face to face, in this very garden, basking in the oriental sunshine of her beauty, and snatching from her full gaze the mystery which he deemed the riddle of his own existence." Realism "Nothing could exceed the intentness with which this scientific gardener examined every shrub which grew in his path; it seemed as if he was looking into their inmost nature, making observations in regard to thier creative essence, and discovering why one leaf grew in this shape, and another in that, and wherefore such and such flowers differed among themselves in hue and perfume. Nevertheless, in spite of the deep intelligence on his part, there was no approach to intimacy between himself and these vegetable existences." "He [Rappaccini] would sacrifice human life, his own among the rest, or whatever else was dearest to him, for the sake of adding so much as a grain of mustard-seed to the great heap of his accumulated knowledge." Foreshadowing "Night was already closing in; oppressive exhalations seemed to proceed from the plants, and steal upward past the open window." Foreshadowing and Symbolism "he [Rappaccini] came to the magnificent plant that hung its purple gems beside the marble fountain, he placed a kind of mask over his mouth and nostrils, as if all this beauty did but conceal a deadlier malice."

Giovanni Guasconti
-Protagonist character.
-Young medical student attending the University of Padua.
-Rents an apartment in a mansion that overlooks Dr. Rappaccini's garden.

Dr. Rappaccini
-Antagonist character.
-A physician in the town of Padua, Italy.
-Grows a mysterious garden of plants with the help of his daughter Beatrice.
-Has a bad reputation within the town for his dangerous medical experiements. Beatrice
-Dr. Rappaccini's daughter.
-Lives in isolation within her father's home and garden.
-Her father instructs her on how to care for the mysterious plants in his garden.

Dr. Baglioni
-Medical professor at the University of Padua.
-Giovanni is one of his students in the medical school.
-Dr. Rappaccini and Dr. Baglioni are professional rivals. One is always trying to outdo the other
in medical achievements.

-The housekeeper at the mansion where Giovanni is renting the apartment overlooking Dr.
Rappaccini's garden. Characters -Takes place in Padua, Italy
-Mid-nineteenth century

Scenes take place:
-At the University of Padua
-On the streets of Padua
-In Giovanni's apartment
-In Dr. Rappaccini's garden Setting -Rappaccini's daughter is written in third person, revealing the thoughts of young Giovanni. Point of View


-Giovanni moves into the upstairs apartment of a mansion overlooking a garden cultivated by
Dr. Rappaccini and his daughter Beatrice.

-The housekeeper, Lisabetta informs him of the town's suspicions that Dr. Rappaccini
experiments with dark science.

-One day Giovanni observes Dr. Rappaccini entering the garden and notices that he carefully
avoids direct contact with the plants.

-When Giovanni observes Beatrice in the garden for the first time, he notices that she is able to
have direct contact with the plants that Dr. Rappaccini was avoiding.

-He notices that an insect flying around Beatrice's head all of the sudden falls dead.

-Despite what he has been observing in the garden being strange, Giovanni finally decides to
enter the garden through a secret passage way that Lisabetta shows him and comes face to
face with Beatrice for the first time. Plot
-Dr. Baglioni warns Giovanni to stay away from Dr. Rappaccini's garden and Beatrice, but
Giovanni feels that he loves Beatrice and is fascinated by her.
-Giovanni returns home to observe Beatrice pruning the plant with the purple blooms on it.
When a drop of it's sap falls onto a nearby lizard's head, the lizard falls dead immediately.
-He starts to understand just how poisonous the plants in the garden are.
-Giovanni's love for Beatrice really starts to overpower his logic. Despite warnings to stay away
from her, he continues to meet with her daily in the garden.
-He eventually figures out that he himself has turned poisonous because of his visits with
Beatrice and his exposure to Dr. Rappaccini's garden.
-Dr. Baglioni visits Giovanni in his apartment to warn him that he may be a part of one of Dr.
Rappaccini's experiments. He gives Giovanni a flask containing an anecdote that Dr. Baglioni
claims will cure Beatrice from being poisonous so that she can live a normal life.

-Giovanni confronts Beatrice in the garden to tell her that he knows he is now poisonous as well.
-He blames Beatrice for exposing him to the poisons and becomes very angry towards her.
-Beatrice explains to him that she never intended any harm towards him and that he heart still
craves love just like any other normal human being. Rise in Action Climax
-To try to reconcile with Beatrice after their confrontation, Giovanni explains to her that he was
given an anecdote that will cure her.
-Out of his love for her, he was still hoping that the two of them could be together and live a
normal life.
-Beatrice tells Giovanni that she will willingly take the anecdote but seems like she doesn't trust
what may happen if she does. She wants to show Giovanni that she truly loves him and she
never meant any harm towards him.

-Beatrice drinks the anecdote and falls very ill and dies in the garden. Fall in Action Denouement
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "Rappaccini's Daughter." Hawthorne, "" Jack Lynch, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2012.

Lorcher, Trent. ""Rappaccini's Daughter" Study Guide: An Analysis of "Rappaccini's Daughter"" Bright Hub Education. Bright Hub, Inc., 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homework-help-literature/65310-rappaccinis-daughter-study-guide/>.

Smith, Nicole. "Plot Summary and Analysis of Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne." Plot Summary and Analysis of Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Article Myriad, 26 Nov. 2011. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://www.articlemyriad.com/summary-analysis-rappaccinis-daughter/>.

Taryntempletube. "Rappaccini's Daughter Rap." YouTube. YouTube, 09 Aug. 2011. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhl3G8ebv5s>. Works cited

Man vs. Man- The protagonist in the story, was at struggle with Doctor Rappaccini because Giovanni fell in love with Beatrice and Rappaccini had turned Beatrice into poison since she was a child

Man vs. Nature- an obvious struggle against poisonous flowers that infected his love

Man vs. Self- Giovanni struggled to battle with his inner feelings and couldn’t let go the thing that was most dangerous to him, being Beatrice

Woman vs. Nature- a struggle because she was infected with poison since she was born

Woman vs. Man- Knowing that she is poison she holds it against to her father (Doctor Rappaccini) at the end of the story


Man vs. Self- Delt with the inner struggle of letting his daughter be her own person and was afraid to lose her to any man so he poisoned her, her entire life. Man vs.

This story shows that love can blind people of all things. It can blind people of their own well-being (Giovanni), or the love of science can make you forget about your actual family and when she ends up trying to save herself, the cure kills her. Human Nature
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