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Copy of Young Goodman Brown
Transcript of Copy of Young Goodman Brown
Along the way through the woods, Brown's old church teacher was on the path. She was seemingly acquainted with Satan. Goodman Brown grew weary, and fell asleep resting. He woke up and was inexorably drawn to a Satanic initiation ceremony. Taking part in the ceremony was everyone from his village, including all the churchgoers and his wife, Faith. After rejecting Satan's evil, Brown awoke, but was forever plagued by what he witnessed in the dream. He never recovered and died a miserable, untrusting, lonely man. Setting 17th century Salem, MA
Not long before the Salem witch trials
Heavily wooded Foggy Narrow paths Gloomy Romanticism Dark Light The dark dreary forest
evil and spirits
loss of innocence
harsh truth Starts in the sunset
Faith is young
Wind plays with her pink ribbons
Underlying quest for truth "Evil is the nature of mankind, evil must be your only happiness"
-Satan Truth? Symbols & Archetypes Biographical information Most of Hawthorne's early works were anonymous
Among his more famous pre-Scarlet Letter works:
Twice-Told Tales (1837)
Grandfather's Chair (1841)
Journal of an African Cruiser (1845)
Mosses from an Old Manse (1846)
The Snow-Image (1851) Literary Critique Anticlimactic ending and overarching melancholy he was slightly perturbed all of the trees were on fire! Unbiased view of events in the storyallows the reader to make their own conclusions about human nature. Brown's leaving his wife to visit the Devil is symbolic of mankind's moral weakness Hawthorne creates a compelling projection of the human psyche. Faith represented youth and innocence.
Satan's staff represented the biblical symbol of the serpent
as an evil demon Born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts Grandfather was a judge in the Salem Witch Trials His Puritan background haunted him Died in 1864 in Plymouth, New Hampshire Sources Abcarian, Richard. "The Ending of 'Young Goodman Brown'." Studies in Short Fiction 3.3 (Spring 1966): 343-345. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Anna J. Sheets. Vol. 29. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. "Nathaniel Hawthorne." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. Wrote over 46 novels and short stories Often described as a hopeless loner, but was actually a socialite. Whenever there was a gathering, he was there. The forest is archetypically gloomy, shadowed, and mysterious. The Devil worshippers are the typical mindless lambs-to-the-slaughter Goodman Brown fills the "sole-survivor" archetype where he was irreparably damaged by what he witnessed