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Young Goodman Brown

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Jacqueline Knapp

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Transcript of Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown

By Molly Hart, Jacqueline Knapp, James Goldberger and Ben Herbster

Elements Of Dark Romanticism
In Young Goodman Brown the elements of Dark Romanticism are...
Dark Atmospheric Setting
In Young Goodman Brown, the setting is in a dark, gloomy forest. The forest is where Young Goodman brown meets the man with the shaft. This is where Young Goodman Brown caves into temptation.
Evil Of Man
In th story, Young Goodman Brown gives into temptation instead of staying true to his faith (wife's name) or the word of God. He is going over to the devil.
A Tragic/Sad Ending
The story Young Goodman Brown ends tragically because he no longer is true to his faith. He doesn't trust anybody and he doesn't look at his wife the same.
"He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immeadiately behind"
"My Faith is gone!" "There is no good on earth; and Sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee this world is given"
"When the minister spoke...with his hand on the open bible, of the sacred truths of our religion...Goodman Brown turned pale"
"He scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away"
The story takes place in 17th century Puritan New England and addresses the Calvinist/Puritan belief that all of humanity exists in a state of depravity, except those who are born in a state of grace. The story follows Young Goodman Brown's journey into self investigation, which results in his loss of virtue and faith.
"New England. We are the people of prayer, and good works to boot, and abide no such wickedness"
"With heaven above and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil!" cried Goodman Brown
"Faith! Faith!" Cried the Husband, "look up into heaven and resist the wicked one"
Some literary devices used are...
Pink Ribbon
"Goodman" Brown
The devil’s staff, which is has a carved serpent, is from the biblical symbol of the serpent as an evil demon. When the devil tells Goodman Brown to use the staff to travel faster, Goodman Brown takes him up on the offer and, like Eve, is ultimately condemned for his weakness by losing his innocence. He accepted the temptation
The pink ribbons that Faith wears represent her purity. The color pink is representing innocence Hawthorne mentions Faith’s pink ribbons several times at the beginning of the story. When the pink ribbon flutters down from the sky, Goodman Brown thinks its a sign that Faith has definitely fallen into the devil. At the end of the story, when Faith greets Goodman Brown as he returns from the forest, she is wearing her pink ribbons again, which is representing her return to purtiy
Faith is the name of Goodman Brown's wife. It is symbolic because Faith is so innocent and pure, and in the story Young Goodman Brown's faith and his innoncence are tested, and he remebers his wife faith and yells into the sky for her never to fall to the devil
Goodman is symbolic because in the story, Young Goodman Brown's faith and innocence is tested when he caves into temptation from the devil. He is no longer a goodman
Cultural or Historical Significance in Young Goodman Brown
Literary Devices
Latent Content (Underlying Meaning)
The Latent (underlying meaning) of Young Goodman Brown is emphasized when a Puritan man, Young Goodman Brown goes on his journey through the forest. On his journey, Young Goodman Brown encounters a man with a staff with a serpent on the end. Coincidentally, Young Goodman Brown also comes across several people he knows from society. When he depicts the man with the serpent staff as the devil, Young Goodman Brown comes to the realization that a lot of the people around him are sinners. This leads Young Goodman Brown to question the decency of the people around him. This shows how Nathanial Hawthorne uses an image of hidden darkness as the latent meaning in Young Goodman Brown.
Moral (Life Lesson)
Connections between Short Story and Comtemporary life
The moral is not to give in to temptation. Young Goodman Brown gives into temptation by continuing his journey into the forest. He follows the man through the forest because of his curiosity. He is really losing his faith by following the devil.
Another moral of the story is that not everyone is who they seem to be. For example, Goodman Brown sees many people from his village in the forest. They are in the forest because they have sinned while he believes that no one in his village could sin.
A connection would be that giving into temptation in the story is alot like giving into peer pressure. Young Goodman Brown gave into the devil and followed him into the forest even though he was against it.
Works Cited
James, Henry. "Symbolic Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorn's "Young Goodman Brown"" HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013. <http://stylusofiron.hubpages.com/hub/Symbolic-Analysis-of-Nathaniel-Hawthorns-Young-Goodman-Brown>.

Maher, Jimmy. "Symbolism and Theme in "The Young Goodman Brown"" Symbolism and Theme in "The Young Goodman Brown" N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013. <http://maher.filfre.net/writings/hawthorne.htm>.

"Symbolic Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorn's "Young Goodman Brown"" HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013. <http://stylusofiron.hubpages.com/hub/Symbolic-Analysis-of-Nathaniel-Hawthorns-Young-Goodman-Brown>.

"Young Goodman Brown." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/young-goodman-brown/>.

"Young Goodman Brown Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013. <http://www.shmoop.com/young-goodman-brown/symbolism-imagery.html>.

Question #1
What would be some examples of a dark setting in a story?
Question #2
What does it mean when Young Goodman Brown sees the pink ribbon floating in the sky and not on his wife's head?
Question #3
What is symbolic about the names "Faith" and "Goodman"?
Question #4
Can you make any connections to your everyday life?
"He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to ked the narrow path creep through, and closed immeadiately behind"
Personification: Faith is representing faithfulness and purity
" Blessed Angel on Earth"
"Faith, Faith... look up into heaven and resist the wicked one"
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