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Nathaniel Hawthorne�s �Young Goodman Brown�

Nathaniel Hawthorne�s �Young Goodman Brown�

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English 203-505 Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown” the reader meets a young man who is struggling with his faith. Throughout the story Hawthorne describes Goodman’s internal battle between good and evil. The different elements of fiction that Hawthorne employs are what make this short story so interesting. With Hawthorne’s choice of diction, setting and atmosphere, and touch of irony the reader is exposed to a cryptic and dark story of Goodman’s journey into the forest. The first element of fiction that jumps out is Hawthorne’s used of dark language. In fact the word, gloomy is used throughout the story to describe Goodman’s surroundings, other character’s expressions and actions, as well as Goodman’s dying hour. Also, many of Hawthorne’s characters are given names that would give the reader the idea that they are honest Christian people like “good old Deacon Gookin” or Goody Cloyse.
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