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Young Goodman Brown 1. The two main settings in “Young Goodman Brown” are the forest and the colonial village of Salem, Massachusetts. The two different times of the setting are very important to the symbolization of the story. In the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown sets out on his journey at sunset; to set out at sunset it symbolized darkness, which in turn symbolizes evil. This presets the tone of the story. In the end when he is returning home, the time changes and it is daylight, and this symbolized innocence and a sort freedom from the terror he had just experienced. 2. The first seven paragraphs reveal that Goodman Brown and Faith have been only married for 3 months; making them newlyweds. Faith is young, beautiful, and trusting, and Goodman Brown sees her as the embodiment of virtue. They both love and care for each other and they show their belief in god by kissing each other goodbye. It also shows that they have a strong relationship filled with love and trust.

3. Brown’s meeting with the unnamed man was actually pre-arranged because in the story when he goes in the woods the man comes upon the road and greets Goodman Brown. He tells him he’s late and greets him as though he had been expecting him. Also, Brown says that he showed up for the meeting because he promised to do so, but does not wish to touch the staff and wants to return to the village. Before leaving for the forest Goodman Brown believed in the goodness of his father and grandfather, but the old man, tells him that he knew them both. The man says that he helped his father when he lashed out at a Quaker woman through the streets of Salem, and that he helped his grandfather set fire to an Indian Village in King Philips war.

4. When Brown is about to go back home he and the old man come upon an old woman, named Goody Cloyse a well respected man from the village. She identifies the old man as the devil and reveals herself to be a witch, on her way to the devil’s evil

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