Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an enveloping and enrapturing short story. Written in Shakespearian English, the story crafts an intricate portrait of symbolism, strong allegorical references, and powerful themes; as well as a riveting story line. The story includes a unique cast of characters - Young Goodman Brown, his wife Faith, the old man (who is most likely the devil), Goody Cloyse, the minister, and Deacon Gookin. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts roughly around 1693 to 1694; which was after the time of the Salem witch trials and the King Phillips War. During this particular time in history, there was a great deal of superstition and hysteria concerning witchcraft and as well as the wilderness and surrounding native communities that dwelt in them. "The traveler knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick bows overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may be yet passing through an unseen multitude." This being one of many examples of the historical and cultural aspects of that time period being integrated, reflected, and utilized in the literary work. The story incorporates colorful vocabulary and distinct aspects of the culture to further its themes. The most prevailing and perhaps the most unrecognized theme is that of a journey; the journey of Young Goodman Brown. From its very beginning: "Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village," until its end: "And when he had lived long,
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