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Monday, November 17, 2014


1.How does the setting add to the meaning of the story: sunset and night, dreary road, gloomiest trees, narrow path creeping through, lonely, peculiarity in solitude? How does this imagery create the mood? How does this mood help us predict the nature of Young Goodman Brown’s journey?
It makes the story have a more eerie impact on the resider. the setting is dark and scary. The imagery gives the reader a dark mood
2.Discuss the significance of "Faith kept me back awhile."
Faith, his wife,  knew what was going on. His belief system prevented him from going on that journey.
3.Why do you think Faith wore pink ribbons? Hint: think of the connotation of colors.
To signify innocence because pink is such a sweet and naive color; mostly what little girls wear.
4.Discuss the significance of the second traveller (sic.), ". . . apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features. Still they might have been taken for father and son." Is he Brown’s alter ego?
The devil took the form of YGB's father because it will make him feel more comfortable.
5.Interpret the description of the staff "which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light." Why the uncertainty?
Because it is dark and he is out in the woods, so his imagination got the best of him.
6. When the fellow traveller states, "I have been well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. ... The deacons of many a church have drunk wine with me; the select men of divers town make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm believers of my interest," what do we begin to understand about him? Though this character, what is Hawthorne telling us about evil?
He is telling us that everyone is evil. We begin to understand that he will use every reasonable excuse to gain his trust.
7. Discuss the meaning(s): "My Faith is gone!”
He means that he lost his wife, Faith. It also means that he lost his Faith, or his beliefs and hopes.
8.Describe what Goodman Brown saw when he arrived at the meeting – the grave, reputable, and pious people, the chaste dames and dewy virgins, the revered pastor, and that the good "shrank not from the wicked." Discuss the meaning.
They embraced them and the author is trying to say that people are evil. Hawthorne gives a pessimistic view of the human race.
9.The dark figure states, "Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race. Ye have found thus young your nature and your destiny." What do you think this means?
It means that a person is destined to be evil. "Welcome to the life of evil"
10.  How does Goodman Brown treat people the next day? What happens to him? Why?
He becomes disgusted with everyone and now thinks everyone is evil. He distrusts people now.
11."Young Goodman Brown" is a moral allegory. Essentially, an allegory is an extended metaphor using one thing to represent another – a story with dual meanings. Therefore, there is a surface or literal meaning as well as a secondary meaning. In other words, Hawthorne uses this moral allegory to reveal a moral lesson or lessons. Discuss the moral lesson(s) you discover in the story.
Everyone is inherently evil.