Rappaccini's Daughter Setting & Symbolism

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Padua

Giovanni moves to Padua in northern Italy from southern Italy.

Rappacinni's Garden

Rappaccini's garden is full of poisonous but beautiful plants. The centerpiece of garden is an old cracked marble fountain with a purple flower growing next it. The author compares the plants petals to gems that illuminate the whole garden.

Giovanni's Lodgings.

Giovanni lodges with Lisabetta. His bedroom, where he spends most of his time, overlooks Rappaccini's garden.

The Bouquet

Giovanni throws Beatrice a bouquet from his bedroom window. It is so full of beautiful flowers and color combinations that Beatrice presumes he knows something about plants.

The Fountain

Though the marble fountain in the center of Rappaccini's is cracked down the middle, water still flows from it. Giiovanni thinks it has a noble quality.

The Purple Flower

A beautiful purple flower grows near the marble fountain. Its purple petals have the richness of gems, illuminating...

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