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beastlybase11 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM via web

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What are some similarities and difference between Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The Scarlet Letter and his short story Young Goodman Brown?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM (Answer #1)

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The primary similarity between Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and "Young Goodman Brown" is that both stories deal with the basic conflict of good versus evil.  In each story, an innocent person is faced with the temptation to sin; in The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale give in to temptation and are faced with the consequences of their actions, which are different for each of them.  In "Young Goodman Brown", Brown is tempted, but does not succumb.  Both stories include main characters who witness the presence of evil in those who are commonly accepted as good and moral people, but are actually the opposite.

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