Young Goodman Brown Essay - Young Goodman Brown AP English Literature Nathaniel Hawthorne\u2019s short story \u201cYoung Goodman Brown\u201d dramatizes a

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Young Goodman Brown AP English Literature Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown” dramatizes a colonial Puritan’s existential plight that leads to a lifetime of despair. The man himself steps out from his wife, a woman blatantly named Faith, to take care of some business in the wilderness. Feeling sorry for his wife left alone, he tries to move quickly, before meeting with an older look alike of himself roaming the woods. The traveler draws confessions from the townspeople using a staff with a snake coiled about it. Brown rejects his doppelganger’s ideas about traveling together, before making his way home through the thick of the forest; he finds himself soon overhearing the sinful confessions of the Deacon and his cohorts, who he mysteriously found in the woods. From the distant Salem, Brown can hear his wife screaming in the throes of death, and plucks a torn pink ribbon from her bonnet out of the air. He loses control, takes the staff his counterpart dropped earlier, and flies through the wild in the form of a human demon. He finds himself at a
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