Young Goodman Brown
"Young Goodman Brown" is a short story published in 1835 by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story takes place in 17th century Puritan New England, a common setting for Hawthorne's works, and addresses the Calvinist/Puritan belief that all of humanity exists in a state of depravity, except those who are born in a state of grace. (From Wikipedia)
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Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne
What do we learn about Faith from the narrator's claim that she is "aptly named"?
The story starts out with foreshadowing, a suggestion of what's to come. Faith has a bad feeling and asks her husband to stay, and he says this is the one night he must go. Notice, this creates tension from the very beginning.
What other stories, books, or movies come to mind when you think of a dark, foreboding forest?
What do you think Goodman Brown is going to do tonight?
What is the impact of Hawthorne's comparison of the old man's staff (walking stick) to a snake? How would it be different if he'd compared it to a tree trunk, or a flag pole, or a rope?
What kinds of things did the old man help Goodman Brown's father and grandfather do?
Please explain your response to the previous question, using examples from the text.
This detail tells us something about the setting of the story. The Puritans (seen below) were a group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. Puritanism was founded by exiles from the clergy in 1558, as an activist movement within the Church of England. Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel "The Scarlet Letter" also takes place during this time, and one of its famous scenes takes place in a dense wooded forest. (This annotation contains an image)
Salem Village in Massachusetts, now known as Danvers, is most widely known for its association with the 1692 Salem witch trials. You can learn all about the Salem witch hunt and trials from the website below. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what you've read thus far, you can infer that one of the themes of this story is
The old man, who you by now should have figured out is the devil, resembles Goodman Brown.
What is the world of meaning behind this statement?
Please analyze the significance of Goodman Brown's name.
In the highlighted sentence, the word soberly most nearly means
Why is Goodman Brown heartsick?
How does the setting impact the story? Please use at least one SPECIFIC example from the text to support your response.
A double entendre is a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. The highlighted text is an example of a double entendre. Please explain BOTH of the ways this exclamation can be understood.
The highlighted sentence contains
Please explain why hope comes into Goodman Brown's heart at this point.
Please name THREE secret deeds this "sable form" claims his worshippers committed.
To catechize means to instruct someone in the principles of Christian religion by means of question and answer.
Please determine and describe the climax of this story.
Please watch this analysis of "Young Goodman Brown," which highlights some of the important historical context and symbolism in the story. (This annotation contains a video)