Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

What is the theme of the story rappaccini's daughter ?

What is the theme of the story rappaccini's daughter ?

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In "Rappaccini's Daughter", Rappaccini is shown as a man so embedded in intellectual pursuits that he creates a monster out of his own daughter, Beatrice. Though it may be argued that he made her dangerous to protect her, therefore perhaps using science for the sake of humanity, the audience is left to decide which has been the greater driving force behind his actions.You can read more at the GradeSaver link below:

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