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Rappaccini’s Daughter – A Selection of Short Stories Notes

Q No:-01:- Rappaccinis Daughter is fantasy in which great scientist cares mores for science then for human beings?

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It is said of Rappaccini that he cares more for science than mankind discuss?

 Answer:

 Dr. Rappaccini had a craze for growing poisonous plants, bushes and herbs. He selected his sole daughter, Beatrice to observe the effects of the plants on human beings. He grew a very poisonous plant in the center of the garden. It was the chief treasure of Dr. Rappaccini. It was the heart of the garden. He called it sister plant of the Beatrice. Because both the plant and Beatrice were born at the same day. The plant was so poisonous that even one drop of it could kill any living beings. Beatrice has in healed so much poison from it. As result she had also become poisonous.

Dr. Rappaccini was cruel person. He was ready even to sacrifice his own daughter for the sake of his experiment. He was suffering from the craze for making his daughter poisonous like his poisonous plant. When Beatrice drank a draught of antidote, it proved death for her.

So we see that nature does not forgive any such fellow who whishes to change its course. Nature does not like the idea of Dr. Rappaccini. So it takes revenge and Beatrice dies Dr. Rappaccini remains remorseful for the whole life. It is exactly to that given story is a science fiction or fantasy. So we see that Dr. Rappaccini cares more for science than human beings.

Q No:-02: Write a note on Beatrice’s feelings Towards Giovanni?

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“I would rather have been loved no feared” says Beatrice before dying. Discuss It?

 Answer:

Beatrice is a attractive, beautiful and lovely lady. The young man of Padua knows a lot about her. Beatrice is more beautiful in her soul than in her body. She loves the Giovanni from the depth of her soul.

Dr. Rappaccini had a craze for growing poisonous plants, bushes and herbs. He selected his sole daughter, Beatrice to observe the effects of the plants on human beings. He grew a very poisonous plant in the center of the garden. It was the chief treasure of Dr. Rappaccini. Beatrice has in healed so much poison from it. As result she had also become poisonous. Dr. Rappaccini was cruel person. He was ready even to sacrifice his own daughter for the sake of his experiment.

A young man Giovanni loves Beatrice. This mutual love is pure and sincere. He also knows about the deadly quality of his beloved. Still his love does not decrease. One day he comes to know that he has also become poisonous like Beatrice. He goes to see Beatrice and blames her for it. Beatrice says that she is innocent and she does not know anything about her father’s plan. Beatrice does not like the idea of her father. Giovanni believes in her words. He tells that both of them become normal human beings by antidote.

The antidote works negatively in her body. As poison has become her life. Then Dr. Rappaccini reveals his plan of making both of them poisonous. So that they become fearful for all the people and dear to each other. But Beatrice replies to her father before dying “I would rather have been loved not feared”.

Q No:-03       What is “FANTASY”?

 Answer:

Fantasy means imaginary story. Rappaccini’s daughter is a fantasy. A fantasy being imaginary and unreal store, tells what may happen in future. It is also a science fiction, because the main events of the story deal with some scientific facts. In the story realism is mixed with fiction. It tells us about the limits to which a pure scientist may go.

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