How the Elements of Fiction are Used in Hawthorns Young Goodman Brown
English Composition II
23 February 2012
Thesis: Hawthorne uses the Elements of fiction in Young Goodman Brown to depict a story of his family’s history and religious background. I
Hawthorne uses time periods, location and physical structure settings that all relate to the Purity society and his historical family story. A.
The first setting in young Goodman brown was set in Salem village. This is significant to the story because the witch trials were held in Salem, Massachusetts. B.
Hawthorne tells us this in the first paragraph first line by writing. Young Goodman brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village;. C.
For instance to lead us into the conversion scene Hawthorne says “…He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind.(P 9) D.
By using this element for this purpose we can assume that Brown is walking into the forest and so his conversion or dream begins. E.
The Universal Journal writes “Hawthorne uses picture perfect sentences to describe the settings in the story…for instance to describe that it was all hollows eve , in paragraph 3 Hawthorne writes “ My love and my faith,” replied young Goodman Brown, “of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. II
Hawthorne uses symbolism and allegory to describe something other than what the actual text reads. A. Faith, browns wife, is symbolized as all the good in society or maybe even heaven. Hawthorne writes, "Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons on her caps while she called to Goodman Brown" B. The pink ribbons serve to symbolize a sign of heavenly faith. Later in the story, as Brown meets his companion in the woods, he states, "Faith kept me back awhile". C. The name of Brown's wife is used to symbolize his personal faith in goodness. His conscious is keeping him from accepting the evil of his companion. III.
Hawthorne uses a good vs. evil theme to develop young Goodman brown. A. “Evil is the nature of mankind.” This is the underlying theme in Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown.” B. The main character, Goodman Brown, is struggling with evil, and the existence of evil within himself. C. His unabashed pride will not allow him to acknowledge that evil is part of human nature. D. He is curious about evil, and sets off on a journey to discover what it is and the nature of it. E. Along the way he discovers that everybody he knows, has some evil inside of them, even the people he thought to be “good Christians.” IV.
The use of Characters controls the flow of the story to resemble something much greater. A. Faith Brown serves an allegorical purpose in this story. B. It is Faith that Brown leaves behind, presumably for one night, in order to keep his appointment with the Devil. C. Brown explains to the old man why he is late by saying, "Faith kept me back a while." She represents the force of good in the world. Thus, when Brown perceives that she too has been corrupted, he shouts 'My Faith is gone''' and rushes madly toward the witches’ gathering. V.
Hawthorne’s use of realistic images keeps the story interesting and the brain thinking.
He used Salem village which was the center of the witchcraft delusion, in the witching times of the 1690’s, and it showed the populace of Salem village, those chief in authority as well as obscure young citizens like brown.
The pink ribbons on the cap of faith are in fact an explicit link between two conceptions of faith.
It connects faith of the village with the woman who stands at the devil’s baptismal font.
This makes faith’s significance the opposite of what he had led the reader to expect.
The ribbons are part of her...
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