Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” is an attention grabber that leaves you with an ambiguous finale. Goodman Brown, the protagonist, struggles with doubts in his life that takes him on an adventure in the forest. As he travels through the forest Goodman’s excessive curiosity leaves him with a different perspective on life. Hawthorne leaves many clues in the story that symbolizes faith and evilness in the characters. The story takes place in Massachusetts, a Puritan village named Salem, during the end of the seventeenth century. This was a time during which the Salem Witch Trials took place, and the author cleverly introduces to the audience Deacon Gookin, Goody Cloyse, and Martha Carrier whom were actual residents that were charged with witchcraft. Goodman Brown, a faithful man, prepares to leave at dusk, but is tarried by his wife Faith. She is wearing two pink ribbons and is feeling unsettled about his departure. She is troubled by her thoughts and dreams when she is alone. Goodman tells her, “Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee” (168). As the two part ways Goodman feels remorseful for leaving his wife to explore his curiosity of evil, but also justified for his faith can not be weakened. As Goodman enters the forest Hawthorne describes it as a very forlorn dark place, and Goodman fears encountering an evil Indian or devil. He soon encounters an older man who seems to have been
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