Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a brilliant American novelist and short story writer whose stories greatly contributed to the growth of American literature in the nineteenth century. Born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthorne was a descendent of both William and John Hathorne, both Puritan leaders in Salem in the seventeenth century. John Hathorne, Nathaniel’s great-great-grandfather, was one of the three judges during the Salem Witch Trials; for this reason, Nathaniel added a “w” to his surname to avoid association with him. Hawthorne had many great works, among them are: The Scarlet Letter, Twice-Told Tales, and “Young Goodman Brown.” Hawthorne was influenced by his Puritan ancestry when he wrote some of his works including “Young …show more content…
The man offers her his staff, which bears resemblance to a serpent, and when he drops it down, it comes alive and flies Goody Cloyse away. This event gives Goodman Brown increasing doubts about the people of Salem and exactly how pure they really are. Goodman Brown also encounters Deacon Gookin and the minister. Goodman Brown discovers that these two pious men are also attending the secret meeting and they mention “there is a goodly woman to be taken into communion,” which gives Brown even more doubt about his fellow villagers. Brown’s doubt is beginning to consume him. “With heaven above and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil!” Brown forcefully declares. After he announces that he will stand firm against the devil, he then finds his wife’s pink ribbons in the trees. He begins to assume the worst and he is sent into a frenzied shock as he cries out, “My Faith is gone!” Young Goodman Brown is sent into a hysterical shock after finding his wife’s pink ribbons in the forest. Goodman Brown becomes filled with emotion and he is infuriated, he then starts to run through the forest. Brown almost seems to “fly along the forest path” rather than to walk or run.” Goodman Brown is a frightening figure in the forest; he is filled with rage and moving quickly. He then comes across a part in the trees in the forest, and before him lays

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