1. Rappaccini’s Daughter

 

  1. 1. Discuss the love affair between Giovanni and Beatrice.

Or        How does Giovanni’s love for Beatrice change into hate?

Or       Describe the love-hate relationship of Giovanni and Beatrice.

Or       “I would rather have been loved not feared before dying. Analyze this statement.

Or       Do you think Beatrice is sincere and true in her love?

Or       Discuss “Rapaccini’s Daughter” as a tragic love story. 

Or       Discuss that the last scene of the story is very pathetic.

Or       Why was Giovani unable to avoid Beatrice.

Or       Do you think Beatrice defeats the evil plan of her father and foils it by her sincere love to Giovani?

           

“Rapaccini’s Daughter” is a tragic love story of Giovanni and Beatrice, the only daughter of Dr. Rapaccini. Giovanni was a young student at the University of Padua. The window of his room opened to Rappaccini’s garden where he saw Beatrice and fell in love with her at first sight. Beatric too loved him. Their mutual love was spiritual.

Strange incidents for instance; an animal died when a drop of water of flower fell on it, the flower withered when Beatrice took it to her Breast, an insect grew faint over the wall when Beatrice gazed at it delightfully and a bunch of flowers began to wither in Beatrice’s hand did not change his love into hatred. Even he managed to enter the garden to meet her. He found her very innocent and humane.

Giovanni was unaware that her breath or touch could cause him poisonous. One day when he breathed upon an insect, it instantly died. He began to hate her then. He accused her of making him the subject of her father’s experiments. She says, “Giovani, believe it, though my body is fed with poison, my spirit is God’s creature and needs love as its daily food.” These words show her true and sincere love. Giovanni gave an antidote to Beatrice to save his love but she died with these words, “My father, why did you bring this terrible fate upon your child.” She also says to her father, “I would rather have been loved, not feared.” The love-hate relationship here comes to an end defeating the evil plans of Dr. Rapaccini. 269

 

  1. 2 Rappaccini’s Daughter is a fantasy in which a great scientist cares more for science than for mankind”. Discuss.

Or       Rappaccini’s Daughter is science fiction. Discuss.

Or       Rappaccini’s Daughter is an imaginative story. Discuss. Narrate the incidents of horror that take place in the story.

Or       Discuss the story as a fantasy. 2001-I

 

A fantasy is an unreal story. It is purely a product of the imagination. There is nothing real or life-like in it. “Rappaccini’s Daughter is a fantasy and science fiction in which a great scientist cares more for science than for mankind” Firstly we have Dr. Rappaccini engaged in a kind of experience that cannot be done in life at all. This doctor made the plants into medicine as powerful as magic.

He had a special garden where he had grown such plants as were poisonous. The smell and touch of them were deadly. None was allowed to enter the garden. Only his daughter Beatrice looked after it and the poison of plants had entered into her flesh and blood so much that her touch or breath could cause the death of anyone.  All of this cannot happen in real life.

Strange incidents for instance an animal died when a drop of water of flower fall on it, the flower withered when Beatrice took it to her Breast, an insect grew faint over the wall when Beatrice gazed at it delightfully and a bunch of flowers which Giovanni threw at her also began to wither in her hand also can’t happen in real life. Hence the story is a fantasy and science fiction. The moral of the story is that one should not seek deadly knowledge at the expense of others. 230

 

  1. 2. Describe Dr. Rappaccini as a scientist.

Or       What did Rappaccini want to do?

Or       Why had Rappaccini grown poisonous plants in his garden?

Or       Why did Rappaccini select Giovanni as the study of his experiments?

 

Rappaccini was a highly ambitious and famous doctor of science in Padua, Italy. He had grown a garden of wild and poisonous plants with powerful properties. Most of them were not natural growth, but the result of Rappiccini’s experiments. He wanted to acquire scientific knowledge at the cost of human life and human values. He selected sick as well as healthy persons for his new experiments. He never saw beyond himself. He even sacrificed his own innocent and beautiful daughter for his selfish ends. She looked after the poisonous garden and the poison of plants had entered into her flesh and blood so much that her touch or breath could cause death of any one. He had cut her off from the rest of the world.

Giovanni, an innocent young student, who had come to study at Padua was his next victim. He was trapped by the charming love of his daughter Beatrice. He wanted to test the poisonous properties of his plants upon him. That is why he was highly pleased to see Beatrice’s closeness to Giovanni and to find that she had infiltrated poison into him. It was a matter of great pride for him to see the credibility of his experiments. Thus he cared more science than for mankind. 212

 

Q.4      Write a character Sketch of Giovanni.

 

Giovanni was a young student of medicine at the University of Padua in Italy. He took a house on rent by the poisonous garden of Dr. Rappaccini who had grown a garden of wild and poisonous plants with powerful properties. Rappaccini’s daughter Beatrice looked after the poisonous garden. Giovanni through the window saw Beatrice and fell in love with her at first sight. Beatrice too loved him. But he was shocked to discover that the girl’s breath was poisonous.

Rappaccini was highly pleased to see Beatrice’s closeness to Giovanni and to find that she had infiltrated poison into him. It was a matter of great pride for him to see the credibility of his experiments. Giovanni was no more than a pawn on the chess board of experiments of Rappaccini. Giovanni gave an antidote to Beatrice to save his love but the well-meant attempt ended in the girl’s death. The cure for poison killed her because poison was her life. Giovanni acted in love.  His failure turns into Professor Rappaccini’s punishment for his evil designs. So we can say that Giovanni’s humane role brings out the moral lesson of the story.191

 

Q.6      Write a character Sketch of Beatrice.

 

Beatrice was the daughter of a cruel scientist. She played an important role in explaining the theme or background idea of this fantasy. She was young, attractive, beautiful and lovely. She was full of life, health and energy. Every young man in the city wished to have a glimpse of her beauty. She had a refined taste. She was innocent, humane, gentle, and worthy to be worshipped. She was more beautiful in her soul than in her body. Beatrice looked after her father’s poisonous garden and the poison of plants had entered into her flesh and blood so much that her touch or breath could cause the death of anyone.

She was very simple, selfless, and sincere in her love. One day when Giovanni, her lover, breathed upon an insect and it instantly died, he accused her of making him the subject of her father’s experiments. She says, “Giovani, believe it, though my body is fed with poison, my spirit is God’s creature and needs love as its daily food.” These words show her true and sincere love. Giovanni gave an antidote to Beatrice to save his love but she died with these words, “My father, why did you bring this terrible fate upon your child.” She also says to her father, “I would rather have been loved, not feared.” She stands for the beautiful world of nature that is being corrupted and polluted by science.

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