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Nathaniel Hawthorne. “Young Goodman Brown”. Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864. Born in Salem, Massachusetts Puritan Background Ancestor of John Hathorne – one of the three judges in the Salem Witch Trials. His Themes in Writing. Somber background of Puritan Life The sinful man Hypocrisy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Nathaniel HawthorneYoung Goodman Brown

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864Born in Salem, Massachusetts Puritan BackgroundAncestor of John Hathorne one of the three judges in the Salem Witch Trials

  • His Themes in WritingSomber background of Puritan LifeThe sinful manHypocrisyThe Dark side of Human NatureReligious in Nature

  • His Most Famous WorksNovelsThe House of Seven GablesThe Scarlet LetterShort StoriesThe Ministers Black VeilYoung Goodman Brown

  • Who were the Puritans?Very strict: simple worshipPure churches: no statues, tinted windows, or musicLong hours in prayerFaith and knowledge of Bible more important than good worksClergy consists of men of equal rank: no womenDeep belief in predestination- only the elect would go to heaven.

  • The Infamous PuritansThe Salem Witch Trials put the Puritans prominently in the history booksArthur Millers play The Crucible put it in Literature classes forever

  • And Now, Nathanial Hawthornes Short Story

    Young Goodman Brown

  • Some BasicsCharactersYoung Goodman BrownHis wife, FaithMysterious man in the forest with a strange looking staff

  • YGB as an Allegory What is an allegory?

    A story in which each element symbolizes something moreAuthors main interest is the deeper, ulterior meaningSymbols are always related, attempting to convey deeper meaningExtended metaphor

  • Can be defined as an extended metaphor or a series of symbols, but really can be distinguished from both. It is a system of related comparisons, not one comparison drawn out like an extended metaphorUsually a 1:1 correspondence b/t detail and meanings. It differs from symbolismemphasizes the meanings of the imagesnot the image itself

  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown Basics First some basics / Common Symbols

    The Snake Satan The DevilWhy? See Genesis Chapter 3

  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown - BasicsThe Forest

    Evil / Sin

  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown Basics Stars / Sky / Heavenly Bodies

    Heaven / Connection with God

  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown - Basics




  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown - BasicsFire


  • The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown now, not basicYoung Goodman BrownThe common Christian man brown is neutralFaithA Christians faithWitchesSatan / Evil