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Rappaccinis daughter at first glance appears to be a story of an evil scientist Looking at it from that perspective Baglioni would take on the role of an untraditional hero As the story is broken down and further analyzed in depth you begin to notice that the roles of the two men are not at cut and dry as they appear In fact they even have similar qualities that can not put them into categories of good or evil Initially it is easy to assume the relationship between the two scientists is not exactly a significant role in the story but with further analysis it is one of the most important Rappaccini and Baglioni shared some subtle but common similarities The obvious being their love for science and were both well educated Most of all was the manipulative side they both possessed Just as Rappaccini use the beauty of Beatrice to attract Giovanni the same can be said for Baglioni It is feasible to say he used Giovanni to attract Beatrice Science was such a prominent part of Rappaccinis life that it spilled over into other areas Like any other father Rappaccini wanted what he thought was best for his daughter He proved this when he said to his daughter Dost thou deem it misery to be endowed with marvelous gifts against which no power nor strength could avail any enemy Misery to be able to quell the mightiest with breath Misery to be as terrible as though art beautiful Would thou then have preferred the condition of a weak woman exposed to all evil and capable of none In his eyes he was doing what was best for his daughter Rappaccini did not see his actions as being manipulative and his intentions were not malicious However whether or not he intended to be that way his actions were still viewed as being manipulative Baglionis spirit is not free from deceit and manipulation
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