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The Optimist's Daughter: A Look at Death and Dying - The Optimist's Daughter: A Look at Death and Dying           "Fay struck out with her hands, hitting at Major Bullock and Mr. Pitts and Sis, fighting with her mother, too, for a moment. She showed her claws at Laurel, and broke from the preachers last-minute arms and threw herself forward across the coffin on to the pillow, driving her lips without aim against the face under hers. She was dragged back into the library, screaming, by Miss Tennyson Bullock, out of sight behind the blanket of greenery....   [tags: Optimist Daughter]
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Free College Essays - The Optimist's Daughter - The Optimist's Daughter                      The major characters in The Optimist's Daughter are Judge McKelva, Becky Mckelva, Laurel Mckelva, Wanda Fay, Dr. Courtland, Miss Adele Courtland, Tish Bullock, Major Bullock, Miss Tennyson, and Miss Missouri. Becky Mckelva was Judge Mckelva's wife before she died and had Laurel Mckelva with him. Wanda Fay remarried Judge Mckelva after his wife's death. Dr. Courtland did surgery on Becky Mckelva and the final operation on Judge Mckelva. Miss Adele Courtland is the sister of Dr....   [tags: The Optimist's Daughter] 1376 words
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Remembrance and Forgetfulnes in Eudora Welty's "The Optimist’s Daughter" - Memory is a common motif for southern literature. Eudora Welty’s novel The Optimist’s Daughter is no exception to this generalization as it strongly entails both aspects of memory – remembrance and forgetfulness. The stark dichotomy of memory can be looked at as both a blessing and a burden. Characters throughout this novel and so many other pieces of southern literature struggle with the past which they wish to keep, but cannot fully, and a past from which they want to escape, but cannot fully....   [tags: Eudora Welty, Optimist’s Daughter, memory, ] 1580 words
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The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty - The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty presents Wanda Fay on the surface as selfish, manipulative, insecure, thoughtless, shallow, spoiled, and flighty as well as thoughtlessly and carelessly cruel. On the contrary, it wasn’t difficult for me to see Fay as a victim of her family and her upbringing, the elite class of Mount Salus, and her own personal aspirations. Throughout the novel, even though I despised Fay and her weaknesses I did feel sorry for her. Her apprehension discovering that her family was downstairs when she finally decided to leave the bedroom to see her husband, the Judge’s, body for the last time showed me that she had probably hoped to escape her family by marrying the Ju...   [tags: Character Development, Literary Analysis]
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The Optimist's Daughter: Hidden Depression - A smile has the incredible ability to hide anything. “The funny thing is, nobody ever really knows how much anybody else is hurting. We could be standing next to somebody who is completely broken and we wouldn’t even know it” (Anonymous). Many people in our world internally suffer. Some may say that “[t]he hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy” (Anonymous). During these years of life, people face an uncountable number of struggles and are exposed the true disfigurement of the world....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Eudora Welty ] 1569 words
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The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudroa Welty - In the words of Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Eudora Welty knew no such agony because, for the greater part of her life, Welty shared her stories through writing. Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter contains a mix of “uncharacteristically incorporate[d] bit[s] of biographical [information],”(Marrs 1) adding in a secret element that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. This novel serves not only as Welty’s premier novel but also as an ideal example of Southern literature....   [tags: maya angelou, biography, negroes]
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Steps of Discovering Laurel McKleva - Eudora Welty’s novel, The Optimist’s Daughter, portrays the story of Laurel McKleva coping with the recent loss of her father while also accepting her past. Laurel McKleva, a widow from Chicago, returns to Mississippi to assist her also widowed father, Judge Clint McKleva, when he must undergo an eye surgery for a scratched retina. While dealing with the stress of staying calm and collected for her father, Laurel also tries to deal with her new stepmother Fay. Fay is much younger than Clint and acts like it as well....   [tags: Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter]
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Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein - ... The combinations are endless and some far reaching. For example toothpaste, I have seen Disney princesses on toasters, I can understand clothing, toys, books, school supplies, but toasters that also play music is just too much. Barbie, what can I say but, she has it all. But Barbie had fallen into a more of a younger girl toy; Barbie had lost her place as the toy to have for the six to eleven year olds. Yet when sales were declining, other doll makers saw that there was a new market that was not yet investigated....   [tags: triumphs and pitfalls raising a daughter]
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Rappaccini's Daughter Essay: Finding the Heart in Rappaccini's Daughter - Finding the Heart in Rappaccini's Daughter      In Hawthorne's short story, "Rappaccini's Daughter", Rappaccini is ostensibly a cold, calculating scientist. A pure scientist who would willingly give his daughter, himself, or whatever else most precious to him "for the sake of adding so much as a grain of mustard seed to the great heap of his accumulated knowledge" (1641). This leads most to believe that Rappaccini lacks any emotion and concern for his "scientific subjects" and their desires....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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A Life of Optimism - I am an ambitious person, whose attitude on life is of absolute optimism. Throughout my 17 years, I have experienced many difficult situations. Those situations have helped me to appreciate the small things of life that people usually take for granted. Many of which have shaped who I am today. I come from a family in which my parents have struggled to give me a delightful life; we came to America looking for a better future. I come from a place between rivers, and mountains with an amazing sunshine....   [tags: Optimism, ] 590 words
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Rappaccinis Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “Rappaccini’s Daughter” is a gothic tale written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1844. It was included in his collection of short stories called Mosses from an Old Manse. At this time he was forty years old and had been married to Sophia Peabody for two years. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” is considered to be one of the most timeless tales ever written. The tale starts off with a young man, Giovanni, who comes to Padua to pursue his studies at the University of Padua. He rents a room in a “high and gloomy chamber” above a magical and poisonous garden....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Hawthorne Analysis] 1982 words
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Rappuccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” a tale written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1844, many conflicts, both thematically and characteristically, take place and help to illustrate Hawthorne’s gothic and epic themes. Conflicts between modern science and morality, good and evil, and inherent human faulty are all made evident. Four main characters are presented as vessels for Hawthorne’s grand scheme: Giacomo Rappaccini, Professor Baglioni, Giovanni Guasconti, and Beatrice. Doctor Giacomo Rappaccini is a brilliant scientist, focusing mostly in the botanical sciences....   [tags: Hawthorne Rappaccini's Daughter] 1518 words
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Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone - Nisei Daughter, by Monica Sone 'Even with all the mental anguish and struggle, an elemental instinct bound us to this soil. Here we were born; here we wanted to live. We had tasted of its freedom and learned of its brave hopes for democracy. It was too late, much too late for us to turn back.' (Sone 124). This statement is key to understanding much of the novel, Nisei Daughter, written by Monica Sone. From one perspective, this novel is an autobiographical account of a Japanese American girl and the ways in which she constructed her own self-identity....   [tags: Nisei Daughter Monica Sone] 833 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter        American author Nathaniel Hawthorne has been described as a "realist" and one who assesses the American character within the plot lines of his novels.  His story, Rappaccini’s Daughter, follows this style.  Its scenario encompasses the main character of Giovanni Guasconti, a young student who is studying at the University of Padua in a southern region of Italy.  It is Giovanni’s first time away from home and, being of limited resources, must rent an old, dismal, and run-down apartment.  It does however overlook a beautiful garden belonging to a Doctor Giacomo Rappiccini who cultivates it daily with his daugh...   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Rappaccini’s Daughter - Women - Women and “Rappaccini’s Daughter”           What are the attitudes of the young medical school student in Hawthorne’s tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” toward women; of the author toward women; of  other characters in the story toward women. Are women involved in basic plot development. This essay intends to answer these and other questions about women in the short story.   Beatrice, Dr. Rappaccini’s daughter, is the prime motivating force in the story. Giovanni’s love for the beautiful daughter, mixed perhaps with pride, blinds him to various indications of her poisonous nature, to the evil nature of her father and to the intent of her father to involve the protagonist as a subject in hi...   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Rappaccini's Daughter - Ambiguous - Rappaccini’s Daughter   -  Ambiguous     Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter is a Gothic romance and a thwarted, almost-allegory with a plethora of ambiguous meanings. As Hawthorne identifies in the previous quote, this story is a blatant parallel towards the story of Original Sin. The issue, then, lies in the representation. Who is playing Adam and Eve. Who is Satan and who is God. At first glance it is easy to assume that the two love birds, Giovanni and Beatrice, are Adam and Eve; while Beatrice’s black cloaked father is Satan, and God is either an omniscient overseer, represented in nature, or absent from the story all together....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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A Mother's Love and a Daughter's Growth - A Mother’s Love and a Daughter’s Growth Many times love is thought of in terms of relationships with someone of the opposite sex. It often times includes emotional as well as physical attraction. Amy Tan’s novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, examines the love that takes another form: the love between a parent and child. In a heartfelt examination of the relationship between mother and daughter, Amy Tan brings to life the feeling of love a daughter often takes for granted in the relationship with her mother....   [tags: The Bonesetter's Daughter Amy Tan Essays]
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Voltaire Exposes the Fallacy of Optimism in Candide - Voltaire was the French author of the novella Candide, also known as "Optimism" (Durant and Durant 724). Famous as a playwright and essayist, Voltaire’s Candide is the book where he tries to point out the fallacy of Gottfried William von Leibniz's theory of Optimism. He uses satire, and techniques of exaggeration to contrast highlight the evil and brutality of war and the world in general when men are meekly accepting of their fate. Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician of Voltaire's time, developed the idea that the world they were living in at that time was "the best of all possible worlds." This systematic optimism shown by Leibniz is the philosophical system that believed ever...   [tags: Optimism by Voltaire]
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Madeleine Neveu's Epistle To My Daughter - Madeleine Neveu's "Epistle To My Daughter" Madeleine Neveu eloquently gives words of wisdom to her daughter Catherine in her piece entitled, "Epistle to My Daughter." Madeleine is quite aware of the attitude surrounding educated women in her time period. Yet, she abandons those opinions to express her own for her daughter. Her epistle embraces the need for a woman to be true to herself and to stand on her own two feet, as opposed to relying on a man to hold her up. Madeleine’s epistle is quite straightforward....   [tags: Neveu Epistle Daughter Essays]
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Exploring the Ruin of Man in Rappaccini's Daughter - Exploring the Ruin of Man in Rappaccini's Daughter   Who will redeem man from his evil tendencies and his fallen state?  Nathaniel Hawthorne in "Rappaccini's Daughter" delves into the nature of man and reveals that the evil imaginations and machinations of man may eventually lead to his ruin. "Rappaccini's Daughter" is a story set in the mid-nineteenth century in Padua, Italy, a country well known for its romantic stories and history. This period in time was marked by various scientific discoveries, especially in medicine....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Negative Relationships in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - Negative Relationships in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter How far reaching is the bond between father and daughter. To most, that bond serves to protect the child until she is able to protect herself, and then for her to be independent. For Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini and his daughter Beatrice, that bond was to be twisted and ultimately fatal for Beatrice. Beatrice, by her father's plan was never to be free and independent but rather isolated from the life of the world and dependent on the poison from her father....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 474 words
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The Subject of Love in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - The Subject of Love in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter Many spend their entire life looking for true love. It is that one love between a man and a woman that spurred spin-off stories of every kind for us to watch on TV or to read in books. Rappaccini's Daughter is a perfect example of this age old search for an inner peace, believed only to be found in a relationship with that "perfect" person. Giovanni sought this peace and believed he had found the one for him. Unfortunately, Giovanni was only led into disappointment after overcoming the obstacles that were in his was and then losing her after the fact....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 1053 words
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Essay on The Theme of Rappaccini’s Daughter - “Rappaccini’s Daughter” – The Theme                 In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” the dominanat theme is the evil within mankind. This essay intends to explore, exemplify and develop this topic.   Hyatt Waggoner in “Nathaniel Hawthorne” states:   Alienation is perhaps the theme he handles with greatest power. “Insulation,” he sometimes called it – which suggests not only isolation but imperviousness. It is the opposite of that “osmosis of being” that Warren has written of, that ability to respond and relate to others and the world....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Paradoxical Power in The Horse Dealer's Daughter - Paradoxical Power in The Horse Dealer's Daughter   In D.H Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," Mabel Pervin and her three brothers are left with debts to pay after the death of their father. To pay these debts, the Pervins are forced to sell every horse that they own. Then, they must separately create new lives elsewhere. Although Mabel's brothers have decided where they will be going and what they will be doing, as the story opens, Mabel's fate seems undetermined. Her apparent inability to plan her future is initially a source of tension and conflict....   [tags: Horse Dealer's Daughter]
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Essay on Characterization in Rappaccini’s Daughter - Characterization in “Rappaccini’s Daughter”              The dialogue, action and motivation revolve about the characters in the story (Abrams 32-33). It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether portrayed through showing or telling.   The tale takes place in Padua, Italy, where a Naples student named Giovanni Guascanti has relocated in order to attend the medical school there....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Rappaccini’s Daughter Essay: The Irony - “Rappaccini’s Daughter” – the Irony                 In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” the reader finds numerous ironies, many of which are explained in this essay.   Morse Peckham in “The Development of Hawthorne’s Romanticism” gives an explanation of how Hawthorne uses historicism in his early short stories [“Rappaccini’s Daughter” was in Twice-Told Tales in 1836] for an ironic effect:   The Romantic historicist used the past for a double, interconnected purpose....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Rappaccini’s Daughter Essay: The Ambiguity - The Ambiguity in “The Rappaccini’s Daughter”               The literary critics agree that there is considerable ambiguity in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” This essay intends to illustrate this statement and to analyze the cause of this ambiguity.   Henry James in Hawthorne mentions how Hawthorne’s allegorical meanings should be expressed clearly:   I frankly confess that I have, as a general thing, but little enjoyment of it, and that it has never seemed to me to be, as it were, a first-rate literary form....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - The Use of Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter is perhaps the most complex and difficult of all Hawthornes short stories, but also the greatest. Nathaniel Hawthorne as a poet, has been characterized as a man of low emotional pressure who adopted throughout his entire life the role of an observer. He was always able to record what he felt with remarkable words but he lacked force and energy. Hawthorne's personal problem was his sense of isolation....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 818 words
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Rappaccini's Daughter Essay: Allegory of the Garden of Eden -      In the literal sense, Nathaniel Hawthorn's Rappaccini's Daughter is the story about the rivalry between two scientists that ultimately causes the destruction of an innocent young woman. However, when the story is examined on a symbolic level, the reader sees that Rappaccini's Daughter is an allegorical reenactment of the original fall from innocence and purity in the Garden of Eden. Rappaccini's garden sets the stage of this allegory, while the characters of the story each represent the important figures from the Genesis account....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Use of Imagery in D.H. Lawrence's The Horse Dealer's Daughter - Use of Imagery in D.H. Lawrence's The Horse Dealer's Daughter Circumstances force three brothers and their sister from home in D.H. Lawrence's "The Horse Dealer's Daughter." The brothers, and their friend Jack Fergusson, worry because the sister, Mabel, will not tell them what she intends to do with herself. The author uses Imagery to symbolize a rebirth in Jack and in Mabel. Lawrence uses dog and horse imagery to describe the family members. Joe stands in "horsey fashion," Fred Henry is an "animal which controls," and Malcolm has a "jauntymuseau." In fact, the entire family has an "animal pride." Lawrence describes the brothers in terms of horses apparently to emphasize the importance of...   [tags: Horse Dealer's Daughter Essays] 357 words
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Essay on the Conflicts, Climax and Resolution in Rappaccini’s Daughter - The Conflicts, Climax and Resolution in “The Rappaccini’s Daughter”              This essay will analyze Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Rappaccini’s Daughter” to determine the conflicts in the tale, their climax and resolution, using the essays of literary critics to help in this interpretation.   In the opinion of this reader, the central conflict – the relation between the protagonist and antagonist usually(Abrams 225) - in the tale is an internal one within Giovanni between his love for Beatrice and his Puritan belief in the depravity of man....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Rappaccini’s Daughter - An Exploration of Human Nature - Rappaccini’s Daughter - An Exploration of Human Nature The key to my understanding Hawthorne’s perspective on Science and Nature in Rappaccini’s Daughter was his cheeky introduction, when he placed himself somewhere between transcendentalists and "pen-and-ink men who address the intellect and sympathies of the multitude" - too unpopular for the multitude, and too popular for the transcendentalists. Choosing not to fit in either camp, he seems to tease us with the merits and deficits of each - science and nature, too....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 682 words
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Man Against God in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - Man Against God in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter In the introduction of the story, Nathaniel Hawthorne describes himself as a writer trapped between two worlds.  His alias, Aubepine, presents abstract concepts that would challenge the simple mind, but compensates for this by designing a dual meaning.  His works contain the literal meaning, and the implicated meaning.  Often, he would have to sacrifice his initial concept by injecting humor or other banal dimensions to the story in order to satisfy the lesser audience.  In this story, a young man from Southern Italy becomes implicated in a scientist's bizarre practice.  Rappaccini sacrifices his daughter's life in the name of...   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 694 words
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Rappaccini’s Daughter - Perceptions, Impressions, and Interactions -         Writers often use the characters in a story to make a comment on people's actions.  In "Rappaccini's Daughter," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the characters make a telling comment on the interaction of people within society.  Hawthorne, a "thinker and artist" (Delbanco 14+), creates characters that are much different from what they seem like initially, and this encourages the reader to look deeper into issues instead of judging things by first impressions, rumors, or appearance.  Cappello defines the judging of people as "how [people], in general, translate or read the world" (263).  Hawthorne probes how people look at one another through his portrayal of Baglioni, Rappaccini, Giovanni, an...   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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Mother-Daughter Conflict in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club -     We live in a mobile and global world with the development of the technology. Still America continues to be the symbol of the land of freedom and of opportunity. Arriving to America, the Chinese immigrants who come from a traditional, structured, old world struggle to find a balance in a modern and dynamic new world. In order to realize the American dream, the first generation of immigrants have to learn the language, acquire education, and assimilate into the dominant culture. They courageously leave the past behind except what they carry in their memory....   [tags: Mother Daughter Relationships]
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An Analysis of the Poem A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats - "A Prayer for My Daughter" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats in 1919. This poem is a prayer-like poem. And it generally tells about the poet's ideas about his daughter who is sleeping at the same time while the poem is being told. Throughout the poem Yeats reflects how he wants his daughter's future to be. This essay will analyze the poem in three sections: 1- What does this poem mean?, 2- The poetic devices, imagery, rhyming, figures of speech, used in the poem and mood, diction, language, and the structure of the poem, 3- An essay in a feminist point of view titled "What does the poet want his daughter to become?" ....   [tags: Poetry, A Prayer for My Daughter] 1555 words
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Love in the Male Dominated Society of the 1800's in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter - Love in the Male Dominated Society of the 1800's in Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter "Rappaccini's Daughter" is a strange tale, kind of an early pseudo-scientific short story, that focuses on the life of Beatrice and her bizarre nature. The result of a twisted experiment, she must find happiness within the walls of a garden her father has created for her. Although her life depends on a fatal poison, she defines her soul as "God's creation, and craves love as its daily food" (2131). This paradox creates a powerful story as the mortal Giovanni falls in love with the deadly Beatrice....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 853 words
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The Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Mother and Daughter Struggle in The Joy Luck Club      The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, illustrates what life is like for many foreigners in America who are trying to give their child the opportunities they most likely did not have themselves as children.  The story touches on a very common struggle in America, that between mother and daughter, in which the daughter never feels good enough for her mother.  Also present is the struggle Jing-Mei has with herself.             Jing-Mei's mother has her mind set on making her daughter a prodigy of some kind.  She constantly presses Jing-Mei to do better and be better at whatever activity she participates, but why is she doing this?  There are a...   [tags: Mother Daughter Relationships]
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An Analysis of Rappaccini's Daughter: Nathaniel Hawthorne's Most Complex Short Story - An Analysis of Rappaccini's Daughter: Nathaniel Hawthorne's Most Complex Short Story Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on the forth of July in Salem, Massachusetts. He writes of the sentimental affection for the town of his birth - he described his feeling "to the deep and aged roots which my family has struck into the soil" (DLB 144). Hawthorne's work is unique because of the combination of these three ideas: "love of his ancestral soil, a strong sense of the richness of the American past, and that moral quality of the human heart" (DLB 145)....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays] 1051 words
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Rappaccini’s Daughter Essay: Solitude/Isolation in the Story and Hawthorne’s Life - Solitude/Isolation in “Rappaccini’s Daughter” and Hawthorne’s Life               In the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” we see and feel the solitude/isolation of the scientific-minded surgeon, Dr. Rappaccini, likewise that of his daughter, Beatrice, and finally that of the main character, Giovanni. Is this solitude not a reflection of the very life of the author.   According to A.N. Kaul in his Introduction to  Hawthorne – A Collection of Critical Essays, the themes of isolation and alienation were ones which Hawthorne was “deeply preoccupied with” in his writings (2)....   [tags: Rappaccini's Daughter Essays]
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The Birthmark, Rappaccini’s Daughter, and Ethan Brand - The Birthmark, Rappaccini’s Daughter, and Ethan Brand Hawthorne marks his characters as potential usurpers of God who are undermined by an inability to negotiate with human chaos. Confronted with examples of imperfection or fragmentation, the scientific minds of "The Birthmark," "Rappaccini¹s Daughter," and "Ethan Brand" attempt to efface or fuse flaws as they seek an impossible ideal of total encapsulation and order. Unsatisfied with writing a Psalm, they try to script the entire Bible. This analogy is not incidental, the three stories are all, to some extent, revisions of the Garden of Eden tale....   [tags: Birthmark Rappaccini Daughter Ethan Brand Papers] 2100 words
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Mother-daughter Relationships - The relationship between parents and their children is one of the most basic human interactions. Mothers and daughters provide both physical and emotional care for their young sons and daughters. In the process, parents will instill children with family values and goals, while teaching them the accepted norms and values of society. This is done in hope that parents will one day see their own children become mature adults, with their own goals and purposes in life.      Mother-daughter relationships can be complex, but also filled with compassion and love....   [tags: Mother-Daughter Relationships]
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Farmworker's Daughter - In Farmworker’s Daughter, Rose Castillo Guilbault describes what it means to grow up Mexican in America. Her narrative points to the dividing of identity as well as the prejudices she and her family experienced in California. Her experience is both similar to and different from many of the immigrant groups that came to America before her. Throughout the novel, Guilbault portrays the dichotomy of holding on to her family’s Mexican heritage and cultural traditions while also trying to assimilate into American culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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