The use of symbolism in rappaccinis daughter Essay

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The use of Symbolism in Rappaccini’s Daughter
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work is unique. His writings are full of subtle imagination, analysis, and poetic wording. His short stories are known for their originality and for their ability to provoke the reader’s thoughts. Although a large portion of his stories are allegories, Hawthorne’s preference is to draw more heavily on symbolism (Pennell 13). His use of symbols adds depth to his stories and helps to reveal different aspects of his characters. In Rappaccini’s Daughter, Hawthorne uses symbolism to create a modern day tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
There are two settings for this story. The first and main setting is an eye appealing garden next to Giovanni Guasconti’s room which
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The second setting is the mansion next to the garden where Giovanni rented an apartment. It is described by Hawthorne as a “high and gloomy chamber of an old edifice which looked unworthy, desolate and ill-furnished” (2216). This mansion represents the darkness or evil.
The main character, Beatrice, is a very complex being. She has a poisoned body but she has a pure heart buried deep within her (Pennell 61). She is an alluring and beautiful woman. She is similar to Eve, in that she is pure and innocent. However, there is still something very mysterious about her. Beatrice was created for a man, her father, much like Eve was created for Adam (Norford 182). Beatrice lives entirely within the walls of the garden and is isolated from the outside world (Cooper). Eve lived within the Garden of Eden. Beatrice, who is longing for human contact (Pennell 61), lures Giovanni into the garden. While it may have been unintentional, Beatrice slowly poisons Giovanni
with her breath and the scent that comes from the purple flower. She continued her relationship with Giovanni even though she

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