Essay on Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

1117 Words Apr 24th, 2016 5 Pages
In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne takes the reader through a journey or a dream of Mr. Brown. Through this he shows his critics’ on old puritan society, where he looks at how fake he saw them to be, as the reader can pick up with simply the dialogue. Showing that everyone is not how they seem, overall that everyone isn’t as innocent as they say they are. Using the tone, setting, and symbolism Hawthorne used in the short story that can prove everything is not how it seems. The setting of Young Goodman Brown is in the village of Salem as well as the woods outside the village. The way the story is told while I was reading it I was unable to get a good map of the journey no talk of where or for what, but these elements add to cloudiness of the story giving the impression that the world or the people aren’t as they seem. With the setting being the village of Salem, this would give the reader at this time when Hawthorne wrote Young Goodman Brown a good reference point of the shadiness or the questionable village at the time. The talk of the path that Brown walks down is described as “darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind” showing that as soon as Brown leaves his village or sanctuary he is in the outside world which makes him feel a little uneasy. The trees are a metaphorical curtain that hides the true monsters behind, as Brown says while walking…

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