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Robert Melendez 1 Jeff Lindemann English 2327 06/14/2010 -1 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. They both 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 but. One story begins at sunset, which foreshadows the transition from light to dark, good to evil. Hawthorne writes, "Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem Village." Rowlandson's begins at sunrise and the change takes place early in the day. She 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. The other 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
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course ENG 2327 taught by Professor Allong during the Spring '10 term at University of Houston.

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