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Rappaccini's Daughter (in Contemporary American English) (English Edition) par [Hawthorne, Nathaniel]
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Longueur : 31 pages Langue : Anglais

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'Nathaniel wrote with exquisite beauty and feeling of the place... wonderfully nasty tale' --Simon Schama

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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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rappaccini's Daughter 19 janvier 2008
Par Y. Lin - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne reeks with the theme of the ability to accept what is good and bad in humanity. The story pretty much alludes to the biblical story, with Giovanni and Beatrice starring as Adam and Eve respectively. The two scientists pretty much juxtapose each other, while Baglioni views things superficially only being able to see, Beatrice for what she is made of rather than what her character is like Rappaccini is much in tune with nature, not realizing the plights of what he made her to be out of, but what she is to him, perfection. Perfection cannot exist in the world. Because after that there is no meaning, nothing can be done after that because there is nothing higher.

Both young and beautiful, Giovanni and Beatrice meet in the gardens, alluding to the garden of Eden. The catch is that in this garden, the plants are toxic, with the ability to kill anyone who touches them. Only Beatrice can hold them because she is made out of them. However, Giovanni does not see this until towards the end. His views on her entirely change from being an angel to corrupt. He is not able to compromise between the two, and cannot see past her flaws although she has good intentions. This brings Beatrice into despair and she impulsively takes an antidote that would cure her of her evil. However, relating back to the theme of the inability to compromise, because she was too much intertwined with the poison as her life force, the antidote, the common representation of good, kills her.

Much of Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing is littered with ambiguity, as implied in his use of setting. There are three main colors prevalent throughout the story, which are yellow, purple, and black, each of them representing the different levels of good to evil. Yellow, the color of the sun, represents the mirage of the unspoiled nature of the garden, it gives the shrubbery a peaceful nature, connoting innocence. With the color of purple, as seen in Beatrice's flower and attire, is ambiguous. It alludes to the Advent, the hiatus of when Christ was born to cleanse the world of its sins. It could represent Hawthorne's message of the endless wait for our quest to perfection, so the best possible course is to accept and deal with imperfections. Lastly, the color of black, of darkness, and of evil, and if yellow is the positive overtone then black is the negative one foiling the yellow.

I found this story to be marked up entirely with ambiguity, from the dialogue to the settings. This "open to interpretation feeling" left me quite dissatisfied and frustrated. However, this could also be related to Hawthorne's message of having to deal with our frustration and learn to live with it.

This story should definitely be read as it provides an insightful view on mankind and its fallacies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must Read Classics (In the Descriptive and Prescriptive Sense) 21 décembre 2012
Par David Milliern - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This little compilation of three short stories ("Rappaccini's Daughter," Young Goodman Brown," and "A Select Party") has been put together to "exemplify Hawthorne's key thematic concerns." As far as possible assortments of Hawthorne's stories go, I think that goal has been satisfactorily realized; and it is difficult to see what selections could be more efficacious. However, it should be noted by potential buyers that the contents of this edition, published by Hesperus, is entirely contained in "Mosses from the Old Manse." The one particular reason I might advocate this particular edition is for Simon Schama's artistically written foreword, which is very enjoyable.

While I don't like to discuss contents of books I review, so that I don't spoil them, I will say that Hawthorne's work (and the themes, herein, contained) presents many elements of truly classic literature, in particular, staid concerns of thought that typify the human condition. Hawthorne's probing of human nature, human origin, and the natural (and supernatural) world is really something that cannot be missed. Coming from a philosophy and science background, I found the concerns of "Rappaccini's Daughter" to be as relevant today as they were in Hawthorne's on time (and mind). When this kind of content meets the expressive capacities of the literary ability possessed by Hawthorne, something truly great happens, and I cannot put into words what this is; one can only experience it. With magnificent prose, complex sentences sufficient for conveying complex ideas, and a perspective of substantial pith, I can wholeheartedly recommend this collection to everyone.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Evil must be your only happiness 23 décembre 2008
Par Luc REYNAERT - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The three short stories in this book give a perfect flavor of N. Hawthorne's masterful literary art: social relevance, psychological insight, irony, sarcasm, allegoric and symbolic power.

In `Rappaccini's Daughter', a beautiful garden (`Was this garden the Eden of the present world?') contains only poisonous flowers. Its gardener is a physician whose experiments serve only his diabolic and morbid goal of total control over his daughter.

In `Young Goodman Brown', a young man undergoes the hallucination of a black mass `by a score of the church members of Salem village'. Its aim is `to penetrate the deep mystery of sin.' He will be marked for the rest of his life.

`A Select Party' is held in a castle in the air. Those invited are `fantastic masquers, rendering heroism and nature alike ridiculous': the representative of Posterity (`I expect to owe you nothing, unless it be certain national debt'), Master Genius, Man of Fancy, but also `such rarities in the world as an incorruptible Patriot, a Priest without worldly ambitions, a Poet who felt no jealousy or a Reformer untrammeled by his theory.'
Vanitas vanitatum revisited.

These literary gems should not be missed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great book. 24 décembre 2012
Par Devin Adams - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
this story made me fall in love with HAwthorne, it is his greatest work in my opinion. and im so excited to own a copy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rappaccini 17 septembre 2013
Par Jack - Publié sur
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Great book loved it although it was a required read. A lot of indubitable transcendental thoughts imbued in this novel.
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