Writing Exercise 3

“Rappaccini’s Daughter”

Write a one-page (250-300 words) essay analyzing how Hawthorne twists genre conventions in “Rappaccini’s Daughter.”

The story borrows from several genres and models: a conventional Romeo and Juliet style romance, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, even Frankenstein!

Select one of the genre models Hawthorne uses and explain what surprises or twists he adds to it. Consider how Hawthorne’s alterations make his story a kind of critique of the genres he parodies. Support your analysis with specific details from the text.

For this, and all your essays in this class, please use strict MLA format.

Due: September 20

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