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

1136 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
On July 4, 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne, a descendant of two Puritan prosecutors, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He believed that his Puritan ancestors William and John Hathorne had committed wicked acts, which brought upon a curse on his family. William, a bitter and relentless man, prosecuted the Quakers in 1630 for going against the beliefs of the Puritan church. During the Salem witch trials of 1690, John presided as a judge and condemned innocent people of witchcraft. His condemnation of the innocent supposedly left a curse on his family that continued from generation to generation. Hawthorne wanted to repent for his ancestor’s actions by distancing himself from his family heritage, so he changed his last name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. Nathaniel’s body of work consisted of American short stories that emphasized the evils of the world. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Hawthorne writes about the change in his relationship with the people of Salem. Goodman Brown leaves his home at dusk and arrives back later at dawn to have a complete change in his perspective on the villagers of Salem. Goodman Brown finds that people he thought were pious instead are becoming members of a cult. As the sun sets in Salem and night begins, Goodman Brown’s attitude toward his wife and fellow villagers changes from blissful ignorance, to increasing doubt and finally to frenzied shock.
At dusk as Brown sets out in his journey, he is happily oblivious to the true nature of his wife and the villagers.…

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