Monday, November 17, 2014

1.How does the setting add to the meaning of the story: sunset and night, dreary road, gloomiest trees, narrow path creeping through, lonely, peculiarity in solitude? How does this imagery create the mood? How does this mood help us predict the nature of Young Goodman Brown’s journey? 
  The setting is the forest and it's by a city called Salem.  

2.Discuss the significance of "Faith kept me back awhile." 
  Faith is the wife and it also means the belief a person has.
3.Why do you think Faith wore pink ribbons? Hint: think of the connotation of colors.
  She wore the pink ribbon is because she was inocent

4.Discuss the significance of the second traveller (sic.), ". . . apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features. Still they might have been taken for father and son." Is he Brown’s alter ego?
  That Young Goodman Brown will be evil one day.

5.Interpret the description of the staff "which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light." Why the uncertainty?
  There is uncertainty is because he can't see anything since it's dark outside.

6. When the fellow traveller states, "I have been well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. ... The deacons of many a church have drunk wine with me; the select men of divers town make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm believers of my interest," what do we begin to understand about him? Though this character, what is Hawthorne telling us about evil?
  Everybody is evil.

7. Discuss the meaning(s): "My Faith is gone!”
  It could mean that his belief system is gone.

8.Describe what Goodman Brown saw when he arrived at the meeting – the grave, reputable, and pious people, the chaste dames and dewy virgins, the revered pastor, and that the good "shrank not from the wicked." Discuss the meaning.

9.The dark figure states, "Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race. Ye have found thus young your nature and your destiny." What do you think this means?
  They are destined to be evil.

10.  How does Goodman Brown treat people the next day? What happens to him? Why?
  He doesn't trust anyone anymore.  He dies as a sad person since he doesn't believe anyone.

11."Young Goodman Brown" is a moral allegory. Essentially, an allegory is an extended metaphor using one thing to represent another – a story with dual meanings. Therefore, there is a surface or literal meaning as well as a secondary meaning. In other words, Hawthorne uses this moral allegory to reveal a moral lesson or lessons. Discuss the moral lesson(s) you discover in the story.
  Hawthorne states that everyone is evil.

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