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[Bonus] Rappaccinis Daughter: a poisonous mystery

Rappaccini’s Daughter, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne first published in 1844, follows a young man named Giovanni Guasconti as he falls in love with Beatrice Rappaccini and becomes enraptured in her poisonous world created by her father, Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini. A mystery unfolds in the story as Giovanni learns about Dr Rappaccini’s infamous scientific […] Continue reading

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BONUS: Perfection, Obsession, and Self-Worth in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”

Today more than ever before, the myth of physical perfection looms like a dark cloud. In the age of celebrity, plastic surgery, and Photoshopped magazine covers, the idea of the perfect appearance is never far from our collective consciousness. “People Magazine” still crowns an annual “Sexiest Man Alive”, and advertisements, billboards, and social media feeds […] Continue reading

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If only you knew…

I hate the researchers. I loathe them with every fiber of my being. I was not conscious for the procedure, of course. I was only a microscopic cell when they first implanted the DNA of their own kind into me. After my birth, I was allowed a miniscule amount of time with my mother, until I was violently […] Continue reading

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