What similarities does the story have with the Bible story the Fall of Man? What new meaning does the story bring to the Old Testament text?
What do you think Bagilioni's relationship with Rappacchini was like before they became enemies? What suggestions are there in the story that their relationship may have been like this?
How do Rappaccini and Baglioni use Beatrice and Giovanni for their own needs? What comment does their abuse of the two youngsters make on the nature of science, academia and the intellect?
In what way is innocence in a important element of the story? What does the author express about innocence and people regard it within society?
What problems does the story suggest Rappaccini had in the past to become the man he did? How does he project his problems onto his daughter Beatrice?
How is the garden an important element in the...
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