Summary Of Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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One of America’s major writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. His most notorious ancestor was John Hathorne, a judge at the Salem Witch trials in 1692, which adds to the understanding of the tragic fate present in Hawthorne’s short stories. The “w” in his last name, obviously not present in his ancestor’s, was not established until he began publishing. But in his childhood, Hawthorne suffered a leg injury leaving him immobile, sparking his interest in reading and writing. Later on Hawthorne went to Bowdoin College where he became friends with future president Franklin Pierce and eventually went on to graduate in 1825. Upon that accomplishment, he then spent twelve year’s in his mother’s home writing …show more content…
The language of correspondence addressed in the article is the pairing of the nature and spirit. Like many of his novels, a specific setting helps set the foundation for a dark romantic novel. For instance, Young Goodman Brown takes place in Salem where a man is leaving his wife to go on an overnight trip to meet a man in a gloomy forest. Hawthorne believed in adding a sense of isolation, being the cause for all evil. The effect of isolation is seen in Rappaccini’s Daughter taking place in an old mansion contrasted with a beautiful garden. As for spirit, The Minister’s Black Veil key quality is sin. Sin cannot physically be seen but is symbolized through the black veil. Hawthorne uses a specific setting or symbol in all his novels as a foundation to create a desired effect through implementing many dark romantic qualities. The article speaks about how the meaning of a word varies with its application. Hawthorne recognizes the limitations of language by accurately describing objects and operations created in a dark romantic nature. What is interesting about Hawthorne is that he will illustrate an effect by using contrasting words, as used in Young Goodman Brown and Rappaccini’s Daughter. The result of this effect ultimately leads to a death, which Hawthorne uses as his signature act. Overall, the relations among nature, spirit, and language illustrate Hawthorne’s style of

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