Goodman Brown Literary Devices

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In his short story “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses various literary devices to paint a thought provoking scene that gives the reader deep insight into Brown’s intense emotional experience along the path of evil. First, Hawthorne uses foreshadowing early in the story to hint that Goodman Brown will literally “walk” into trouble, and to communicate the idea that Goodman Brown will experience something exciting and terrifying. Although his wife, Faith, warns him not to leave on his journey and his own conscience provokes him with anxiety, Brown decides to continue his late-night quest down a dark forest path at the beginning of the narrative (Hawthorne 261). Instead of listening to his wife’s wishes and his own better judgement, Goodman Brown continues “making more haste on his present evil purpose” and turns onto the “dreary road darkened by…the gloomiest trees of the forest, which…closed immediately behind (him)” (Hawthorne 262). By combining Faith’s fearful worries and warnings with the description of the inescapable, dark forest path, the author creates an intense atmosphere around Goodman Brown. In addition, Hawthorne builds on elements of allusion to increase the suspense of the situation as he gradually reveals the true, villainous identity of the mysterious man that Mr. Brown stumbles upon on his walk. While the two men rush through the forest together debating with each other, the mysterious man tries to make Mr. Brown comfortable with the decision he
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