Coming to Reality
In life there are many journeys.
Throughout history everyone has had a story, some real
and others fiction, but most never written about.
The ones that were meant to be recorded, were.
And it is within the text of these written works that readers can dissect and make connections
between authors and their stories.
After reading Mary Rowlandson's "The Narrative of the
Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young
Goodman Brown," one will find that there are two very different characters and stories here.
However, please recognize there is some overlap with their travels in the woods.
survive the journey, both experience heartache and loss, and from the beginning of each story
both find themselves confronted with the abrupt and immediate change of life as they know it.
The saying goes, "Change is good."
In the case of Rowlandson and YGB , it's anything
One story begins at sunset, which foreshadows the transition from light to dark, good to
Hawthorne writes, "Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem
Rowlandson's begins at sunrise and the change takes place early in the day.
writes, "On the tenth of February 1675, came the Indians with great numbers upon Lancaster:
their first coming was about sun rising."
One character makes a self imposed shift.
has it forced on them.
In YGB the character tells his wife, " My love and my Faith, of all nights
in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee.
My journey, as thou callest it, forth and
back again, must needs to be done 'twixt now and sunrise.
What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost