Write a one-page, double-spaced response to the following prompt: Why do you think Hawthorne makes such extensive use of Genesis in “Rappaccini’s Daughter”? How does referring to Genesis help him express his themes?
bes, The mother city of Bacchanals, . . . / It is Thebes which you honor most of all cities, you and your mother both, she who died by the blast of Zeus' thunderbolt. And now when the city, with all its folk, is gripped by a violent plague, come with healing foot . . . / True-born child of Zeus, appear, my lord, with your Thyiad attendants, who in frenzy all night long dance in your house" (Chorus: 1193-6, 1198-9, 1212-7, 1221-5). Again the impact of the Chorus is all but lost as mere words on a page, but evidence exists here of one who is entranced by Dionysus, one who worships him, and one who feels near enough to the divine, to the gods, to speak directly to them, rather than through an oracle. In speaking here, the Chorus also beseeches Dionysus and his followers-"ecstatic women"-to appear, to enter the world of the stage and stir the Chorus to a frenzy in order that it may escape its suffering. Hence, the second trait is fulfilled. The passage also reflects the third quality of Nietzsche's satyr chorus-it mirrors the suffering of the god, in this case Dionysus. Just as Dionysus would feel the pain of his mother's death, the Theban Chorus too feels pain, suffering as a result of the deaths of so many that they loved, i.e. Antigone, Haemon, and Eurydice. It is in moments such as these, moments of intense emotion, that the Chorus finds the wisdom at the heart of nature, the Dionysian wisdom that it imparts to all, and this signifies the final trait of Nietzsche's satyr chorus. In one instance, the Chorus says "Love undefeated in the fight, Love that makes havoc of possessions, Love who lives at night in a young girl's soft cheeks, Who travels over sea. Or in huts in the countryside- there is no god able to escape you nor anyone of men, whose life is a day only, and whom you possess is mad" (Chorus: 849-855). Here, as Antigone is led to her death, the Chorus sees fit to address the nature of love, as it is love that brings her to this point and as it is love for Antigone that drives the Chorus to tears in lines 865-869 (above). Love, it says, is indestructible and chaotic, is everywhere and therefore inescapable, and lastly, drives mortals to madness. Wisdom such as this demonstrates the last of Nietzsche's four requirements. As the embodiment of these four traits, the satyr chorus acts as a conduit from the human to the divine, bringing the spectator into the realm of tragedy, where he lives and breathes the Dio-nysian. As time has passed, however, the idea of the chorus has all but disappeared, and with it, the immortal realm of tragedy.>GET ANSWER