Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Teresa Blázquez Hernando. Grupo 5
Literatura Norteamericana hasta finales del S.XIX
“YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN”- Nathaniel Hawthrone.
* Identify five Romantic characteristics and find lines (or passages) from the story to support each characteristic giving your reasons for your choice. First of all, we have to point out that Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” belongs to a subgenre of American Romanticism; dark romanticism. 1. Nonrational side of human nature: apart from emotions, imagination and intuition, in this short story by Nathaniel Hawthrone, we can see the darker side of human nature in the characters. The idea of Man is inherently sinful and evil is constantly present. We observe how the writer explores the effects of sin and the conflict between good and evil. * “Welcome, my children” said the dark figure, “to the communion of your race! Ye have found, thus young, your nature and your destiny”. * “Evil is the nature of mankind”. Evil must be your only happiness”. * We also find the conflict of the character between good and evil: * “With Heaven above, and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil”./ /“My Faith is gone (…) there is no good on earth, and sin is but a name. Come, devil! For to thee is this world given”. * “Faith! Faith!, look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One”.

2. Descriptions of Nature: seen as vast and incomprehensible. The natural world is a place dark, cruel, decaying, mysterious, dark forests, etc. Hawthrone shows this definition of Nature with descriptions with a dark vocabulary about the forest where Young Googman Brown is going in. * “He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to led the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind”. * “(…) hunted forest” // “(…) among the black pines (…) the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him”

3. Setting: Remote periods of history and exotic places: is an...
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