Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne, is the author of the short story “Young Goodman Brown,” that was written in 1835 (Baym 370). Hawthorne was born in Salem Massachusetts on July 4th, 1804. Hawthorne’s ancestors were of the Puritan descent, and among the first settlers of Massachusetts (Baym 370). During his teen years, Hawthorne was reading stories by British novelists Henry Fielding, Tobias Smollet, and Sir Walter Scott. When he was sixteen he wrote his sister of wanting to become an author and relying of support upon his pen (Baym 370). Hawthorne went to college at Bowdoin and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne read colonial histories and documents extensively which would become important sources for his historical tales “My Kinsman, Major Molineaux” and “Young Goodman Brown” (Baym 370). The short story of “Young Goodman Brown” opens up in a house in Salem Village, where Goodman Brown and his wife Faith live. Goodman Brown needs to go on journey into the forest and must face challenges that will become more and more difficult. These challenges will change the way Goodman Brown views everything and everyone (Hawthorne 386-395). Article Analysis “Young Goodman Brown” contains an assortment of imagery and emphasis on religion. The article “Carnivalesque Freedom in Hawthorne 's ‘Young Goodman Brown’ ” talks about the short story “Young Goodman Brown.” The article was published in 2007 in Explicator journal, and was written by author Selina S. Jamil. Selina wrote this article to show the imagery
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