Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' Rappaccini 's Daughter '

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Authors throughout time have been influenced by their culture, travel, and pieces of literature. These factors have inspired many authors to create beautiful stories that take readers to another place and into another’s shoes. One author that has followed this path is Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne is known for his amazing stories that take the reader into a different time and place while sharing his own views of society through allegories along with other rhetorical strategies or devices. These places, times, and scenarios, that he takes his readers into was inspired by his surroundings. Hawthorne was inspired by his father’s travels, his visits to the East India Marine Society museum, and his contact with literature so much so that they strongly impacted his writing of “Rappaccini’s Daughter” to the point that it could be considered a retelling of Mudrarakshasa. The question of the originality of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” has been debated in the literary field with scholars, like Octavio Paz, who argued that its roots can be found in the Indian play Mudrarakshasa by Vishakhadatta, while some scholars believe that the origin can be found in The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton. However, these theories haven’t sufficiently confronted the idea that Hawthorne derived “Rappaccini’s Daughter” from both stories while being influenced by other literature and artifacts from a museum local to him. My paper challenges this theory with specific observations…

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