Rappaccini's Daughter (in Contemporary American English)

Rappaccini's Daughter (in Contemporary American English)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marciano Guerrero
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Rappaccini's Daughter (in Contemporary American English) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

While many read this story as a horror story, the story is really a love story. The story is an ‘open story’ for which no definitive interpretation has been put forth. What is definitive is that it has spawned a small library filled with many serious and unserious interpretations. Among the serious one we find some common threads: that it deals with transcendentalist themes; that Beatrice is a heavenly angel and a fatal seductress, and Giovanni a Puritan prototype; it is also read as an allegory of the Garden of Eden where Giovanni and Beatrice are the surrogates of Adam and Eve, and Rappaccini God and Satan, with a poisonous plant for the tree of life. Like Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other classic writers, Nathaniel deserves to be read. Many good intentioned readers begin to read the first page of “Young Goodman Brown” only to abandon the story a few seconds later. It is the stilted language what deters readers. To make the story more agile and easy to follow, I have re-punctuated and re-paragraphed the text, removing the ‘thous,” “thees,” and other archaisms—making the prose resemble contemporary American English, while preserving Hawthorne’s admirable style.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016002804
Publisher: marciano guerrero
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 39 KB

About the Author

The American author was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts to a family that had been prominent in the area since colonial times. His father died when he was four years old, leaving the child in the care of maternal relatives. Later he attended Bowdoin College where he met well-known literary and political figures of the day: writer Horatio Bridge, future Senator Jonathan Ciley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and future President Franklin Pierce.
Later he befriended the finest American intellectuals of the time including Amos Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson who was also prominent in the Transcendentalist movement.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Education:

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Rappaccini's Daughter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome!
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LITTLEANGEL9312 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK KINDA IS LIKE ROMEO AND JULIET. THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE TOGETHER CANT BECAUSE BEATRICE IS BASICALLY MADE OF POISON. ITS WAS A GREAT BOOK AND ANYONE WHO LIKED ROMEO AND JULIET WOULD LIKE THIS ONE.
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