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Young Goodman Brown

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Transcript of Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Born 1804 in Massachusetts
Family name Hathorne
Poor family; raised without his father
Began writing very young,
Married and raised 3 children in the New England area
Literary Context
1800s writing style: romanticism
emotion rather than logic
nature, dreams, supernatural, reality etc
Hawthorne intended to be complex
Uses religious words like congregation, worshiping assembly etc.
an average student
learned about diseases, sin, and law
died in 1864 at 60 years old
Historical Context
Puritan Ancestry
Salem Witch Trials
King Phillip's War (Native Americans vs colonists)
America was undergoing Western expansion
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Formal Elements
Protagonist: Goodman Brown
Genre: Fiction
Narrative: Chronological Order
Most notable works include The Scarlet Letter, The Blithedale Romance, The House of Seven Gables, The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales, The Life of Franklin Pierce, A Wonder Book, and Tanglewood Tales
self analysis
desire to improve ones self
society and institutions corrupt individuals
shown in Hawthorn's writing
Hawthorne's Characters
internal conflict
Innocence, guilt, secrecy etc.
questions unanswered
Very skeptical
Work Cited:
Abel, Darrel. The Moral Picturesque: Studies in Hawthorne’s Fiction. Indiana: Purdue UP, 1988.
Bradbury, Malcom, Eric Mottram, et al, ed. The Penguin Companion to American Literature. 1st Ed. Harmondsworth: McGraw-Hill, 1971. 116-17. Print.
Campbell, Donna M. “Puritanism in New England.” Literary Movements. Dept. of English, Washington State University. 21 March. 2010. Web. 08 Feb. 2012
McKeithan, D. M. Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”: An Interpretation. Modern Language Notes. 67.2 (1952): 93-96. Web.
Meyer, Michael, ed. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. 319-33. Print.
Murfin, Ross, and Supryia M. Ray. "Romantic Period (in American Literature)." The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009. Print.
Paulits, Walter J. Ambivalence in Young Goodman Brown. American Literature 41.4 (1970): 577-584. Web.
Walsh, Thomas F., Jr. "The Bedeviling of Young Goodman Brown." Http://web.ebscohost.com/. EBSCO Publishing, 2003. Web. 8 Sept. 2013.

A Quick Summary
Freytag's Pyramid
on the plot of the story
Critical Context
2 ways to look at the plot line:
1.It was all a dream
2.It was a real event
Faith (wife)
Journey into woods
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