Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown 's Daughter, And Dr. Heidegger 's Experiment

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A good author is one who leaves his readers with something to ponder and a feeling of refreshment. An author can use many techniques, as well as writing styles, such as Romanticism. One such author who uses Romanticism to leave his readers with a moral is Nathaniel Hawthorn. He does this well in the particular stories titled, Young Goodman Brown, Rappaccini’s Daughter, and Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment. Hawthorn uses the romantic qualities of individualism, to illustrate one man’s struggle against society in Young Goodman Brown. In Rappaccini’s Daughter, he uses a profound love of nature, to develop the idea that people are both good and evil. Finally, in Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, he shows a fascination with the supernatural, mysterious, and gothic, as he portrays the theme that earthly perfection is impossible.
In the story Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorn uses individualism, an element of romanticism, to illustrate one man’s struggle against society. Goodman Brown loses faith in puritan beliefs because he learns the secrets of those around him, therefore exposing the truth that Puritans are just like everyone in the world because they are sinners. He discovers this when he visits the forest on an errand, and finds those who he knows while he is walking. He finds this strange because the forest is known as a dark and wicked place, and puritans usually do not enter it. He finds an elderly woman named Goody Cloyse, who he says “taught [him his] catechism in youth”…

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