Young Goodman Brown

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Wildside Press LLC, Sep 9, 2005 - Fiction - 48 pages
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An outstanding tale of witchcraft, the story concerns a young Puritan who ventures into the forest to meet with a stranger. It soon becomes clear that he is approaching a witches' Sabbath; he views with horror prominent members of his community participating in the ceremonies. Ultimately Brown is led to a flaming altar where he sees his wife, Faith. He cries out to her to "resist" and suddenly finds himself alone among the trees. He returns home but loses forever his faith in goodness or piety.

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User Review  - Logan - Goodreads

Hawthorne is a favorite of English literature instructors. His prose is one that could be described as "writerly," that is to say he exercised a lot of those techniques you heard about in lit class ... Read full review

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The allegory represents a man losing his faith and beliefs emphasizing the depravity of human nature. Read full review

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Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) is one of America's greatest writers. His classic novels include The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, both in the dark romanticism genre, with moral messages and a Puritan influence. He also wrote short stories and non-fiction. Hawthorne, who spent significant parts of his life in The Berkshires and Concord, Massachusetts, was born with the surname Hathorne. He added the "w" to distance himself from his great-great-grandfather John Hathorne, the unrepentant Salem magistrate and chief interrogator of the accused witches during the Salem witch hysteria of 1692.

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