Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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It seems necessary to write down some lines about the author. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. Because of the involvement of his ancestor in the Salem witch trials , Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne published his first work, Fanshawe, in 1828. He published several short stories after that which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. His masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864.
Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many
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This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light.”(2).
In “Hawthorne’s books an aesthetic reality can be claimed; an “unreal” opposite of the physical world would be merely constituted and a noncommittal parallelism between Imagination and Actuality can be seen in his works too, which are stated by Charles Feidelson, Jr. in “Hawthorne as Symbolist”. In fact, Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown includes excessive use of comparison. In this paper, simile and metaphor will be our main concern.
Metaphor:
“Well; she's a blessed angel on earth. . . . I'll cling to her skirts”.(1).
"’You will think better of this by-and-by,’ said his acquaintance, composedly.”(4).
Simile:
”his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake. ” (2).
“twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.”(2).
“his snake-like staff actually seemed to wriggle in sympathy.”(3).
“was as speedily out of sight as if he had vanished”(4).
“he seemed to fly along the forest-path, rather than to walk or run.” (6).
Another point in this part is using both “show” and “tell” styles equally. In a Glossary of Literary terms, M.H Abrams distinguishes between the showing approach and the telling approach. In showing” the author merely presents the characters talking and acting and leaves the readers to infer what motives and dispositions lie behind what they say and do”. In telling” the
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