Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In this story “Young Goodman brown” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1835 the plot is that there is a young man a really devout Christian who goes through life thinking everything is perfect until he finds out not everything is as it seems. Young Goodman Brown portrays the average man going through life trying to do right by everyone else but can never seem to do that. In life everything always seems like one thing but in there end it turns out they were completely wrong. In this story it shows that nothing is as it seems, the names of the people in this story suggest one thing but then they represent something else this is represented by the characters, theme, and setting. The setting of this story takes place in the puritan New England in the town of Salem Massachusetts. In this time period most people were very religious people and the devil and witches frightened them so like in Young Goodman Brown his believing that everyone was pure was a common thing but to find out differently scared a lot of people. Witches were constantly hunted down and murdered so they had to meet in private places like out in the woods. When Young Goodman Brown was taken there by the staff he touched from the devil he was in for quite a shock. He grew up being very religious and thought nothing would ever go wrong. But when he saw his fellow townspeople attending one these black masses all faith in humanity was lost. The setting of this story is a key component in this story because it puts
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