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Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Handout

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Handout
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Handout
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Handout
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Handout
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What makes my analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” novel is its presentation of a more subtle interpretation of its structure. While critics agree that the story presents Brown’s loss of “faith” in humanity, represented by his wife Faith, my interpretation illustrates that preparatory to this loss is a string of losses. Most people move from the confines of their birth family to school to society to marriage. In this story, the Devil causes Brown to doubt his First Family, represented by his own father and grandfather, then his education, symbolized by his teacher Goody Cloyse, then his religion and government in the person of the minister and Deacon Gookin, and finally his Second or Chosen Family, his wife Faith. In addition to the new way of examining the structure of “Young Goodman Brown,” my handout examines the characters, the symbolic settings, the symbolism of the names, and the story as an allegory. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.
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