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Young Goodman Brown Teaching Unit
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- What is the overall theme of this story? Cite three incidents from the story illustratingthis theme.
- Identify and analyze at least one symbol from the story How does the symbol help toillustrate the theme of the story?
- To what extent or in what sense can this story be considered one with a loss of innocence?
- Many of Hawthorne’s stories have a strong Biblical connection. What are they in this story? To what extent does he use the Biblical references to help advance the theme?
- Does the protagonist in the story have a dream? If so, describe the dream and discuss what the dream reveals to the reader concerning the following: character motivation, foreshadowing, theme.
- Many of Hawthorne’s stories have both a symbolic and a literal meaning. They are allegories. What is the deeper, allegorical meaning of this story?
- The presence of evil is part of all of the stories. Sometimes the evil is in man himself and sometimes it is in the form of a character that represents the devil. Which of the stories have a character that represents the devil? Which of the stories discuss the evil in manwithout the literal presence of the devil? Cite reasons for your answer.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.