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Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM via web

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," who is the figure that Goodman Brown meets in the forest and how is he characterized?

 

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rossteach2 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Goodman Brown meets the devil on the path in the forest. This is an example of a frame story ( a story within a story). The story inside is that even good men know temptation. They may find their way back; however no one is exempt from temptation. Goodman Brown leaves temptation to return to Faith, his wife. The inside story good men may know temptation but be saved by turning from it to return to faith.

The breakdown is as follows:

Goodman Brown- good men

Faith – faith

the figure on the path- the devil, temptation, sin

the path through the forest- the path of life, the choices we make

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