Francis Bacon 's The Birthmark And Rappaccini 's Daughter

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Francis Bacon states in New Organon, Book One that scientists are given divine honors and scientists have bigger effects on the human race than founders of cities, legislators and kings. Bacon paints a very positive picture of science and states that scientists have positive effects on society. Many writers in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century wrote works of fiction in contradiction to what Bacon believed. Many short stories tried to predict what the future of science might hold and tried to warn readers against the dangers of science. One such writer is Nathaniel Hawthorne; Hawthorne uses his stories to warn readers about the dangers of science. Heidegger’s Experiment, The Birthmark and Rappaccini 's Daughter, all have very tragic endings that can be traced back to science experiments. All three stories focus on very intelligent and driven scientist who try to achieve their goals at any cost. Hawthorne uses these stories as a way to contradict Bacon’s view and to state his views on science and give readers a better understanding of the capabilities of science. Hawthorne’s short stories contradict Bacon and give an accurate critique of modern science as they show the dangers of science and discusses getting obsessed with science and losing morale, the problems of trying to battle with nature and the productive and destructive powers of science. Hawthorne’s short story Rappaccini 's Daughter focuses on Dr. Rappaccini, a scientist and researcher

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