Analysis of the Vocabulary Ambiguity in Rappaccini’s Daughter from the Perspective of New Criticism

  •  Xian Wu    


The short story Rappaccini’s Daughter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne mainly relates about a scientist Rappaccini who conducts an experiment on his own daughter for the sake of protecting her, leading to the end of the love between her and Giovanni. The article will be based on the New Criticism which is a critical method focusing on the text and emphasizing the close reading, to analyze the ambiguity of the language in the text from the microcosmic perspective of its ambiguous vocabulary, thus revealing the sense of beauty and philosophy in this kind of uncertain language.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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