Does Nathaniel Hawthorne Use Irony In Rappaccini's Daughter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne employs irony to help to develop his short story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” The main character of this work of literature is a young man named Giovanni who travels to Padua from southern Italy to pursue a college education. While he is in this city, he comes across a beautiful woman by the name of Beatrice who likes to tend to the garden of her father who is a doctor named Signor Rappaccini. Giovanni falls in love with Beatrice upon seeing her and meets her on numerous occasions with each encounter hinting she is not exactly normal. He ultimately comes to realize she is toxic due to constantly being exposed to the poisonous plants her father has. When he confronts Beatrice on this matter, he discovers she does not consider

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