Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' Young Goodman Brown ' Essay

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During the mid-1800’s transcendentalists and anti-transcendentalists made up the literary society. The idea of realism was just starting to break through with the help of some quite famous writers, one being Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also happening during this period was the end of the civil war, and the start of reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time of economic, political, and social change. Some events that occurred during this time period remain relevant today, because problems such as economic and racial justice and protecting citizens’ rights remain unsolved. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer born in Salem, Massachusetts. He was part of the American transcendentalists, and was an American novelist as well as short story writer. “Young Goodman Brown” was one of Hawthorne’s most famous short stories, it was said to have been the preview of The Scarlet Letter. The short story is about a young couple who recently got married and the husband comes face to face with the devil. Goodman Brown meets the Devil in the woods and ends up falling asleep. After awakening the next morning in the woods, Brown is a changed man. He goes to Salem village and he began to say things he would have never said before:
The next morning, Goodman Brown stumbles into Salem Village a changed man. He sees the minister Deacon Gockin, and the rest of the townsfolk going about their usual routine, and recoils from their hidden evil natures that were revealed in the forest. When he finds Goody…

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