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Young Goodman Brown

Background on Hawthorne & Young Goodman Brown


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Transcript of Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne 19th Century American Writer
Died at age 60
Born in Salem, Massachusetts
Buried in Sleepy Hollow cemetery His great grandpa was a judge for the Salem Witch Trials. He was highly respected by peers like Emerson, but lived his life in what some describe as a "painful solitude". Young Goodman Brown Goodman Brown has to leave his wife for a night to travel. She asks him not to go, but he leaves regardless, not telling where he is going. He travels through the forest, which turns out to be more than he bargained for. He continues through the forest, meeting and seeing new things as he goes. Each person he sees shocks him for different reasons. Will his encounters forever change his life? Will he get out alive? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we read Young Goodman Brown. The Rest Is History This story is largely based off of the Salem Witch Trials.
Some of the characters are based off of actual people involved in the trials.
Characters like Goody Cloyse and Martha Carrier were actual people accused of being witches. Both were killed.
Many of the events in the story are based on real happenings in Salem at the time as well. Learning Targets

make inferences and find the best evidence in the text to answer comprehension questions.

determine word meanings using context clues, including figurative language and hidden meanings.

analyze how specific word choice, including analogies or connections to texts, affects the meaning and tone. I Can... Post-Reading
Prediction Do you think that Goodman Brown was dreaming? Why or why not? Use details from the text to support your answer. Morality Symbols & Themes Public Morality In this story, morality is shaped by religion. Goodman Brown is heavily influenced by his religion, which he shares with those around him.

The use of morality shows the danger that Hawthorne believes comes with basing a society on religion.

When this happens, the members of that society do not decide their own morals, but instead follow the morals enforced by the faith. The Forest & Woods Be aware of how the forest
is described and how
Goodman Brown reacts to it. Faith & Pink Ribbons Be aware of the connections and similarities between Faith the wife & faith the religion. The pink ribbons symbolize many different things:
Pink = innocence
Ribbons = modesty, innocence, youthfulness, a sense of goodness, purity The Staff The staff goes back to the religious ideas that are presented in this story.

The idea of the serpent carved into it draws on the story of Adam & Eve and temptation.

Be looking for the staff and notice what is happening when it is around.
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