In the short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” written by Nathanial Hawthorne, a young man named Giovanni falls in love with a beautiful girl named Beatrice, whose beauty is poisoned by her father’s vile experiments. The short story was written in the mid-eighteen hundreds, a time when medicine was not completely understood. Absurd uses of medical treatments were at use, like the water cure, homeopathy and electrotherapeutics, the nineteenth- century was a period of chance and deception from scientist and medical professionals.
Hawthorne’s conflict was between the practices of allopathy and homeopathy, which are two different types of medical treatments. Allopathy is a method of treating diseases with remedies that produce effects different from