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Young Goodman Brown: 1. What is the tone of the tale's several references to the...

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daira08 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:48 AM via web

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Young Goodman Brown:

1. What is the tone of the tale's several references to the Native Americans?

2. With what rites are they associated?

3. What different accounts of the devils communion does he hear on his journey?

4. What comments on the human nature does this prompt the narrator to make?

5. What events trouble Goodman Brown on his walk home?

6. How does Faith greet him?

7. What basis does the narrator say of him."his dying hour was a gloom"?

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 16, 2010 at 8:19 AM (Answer #1)

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These are all good questions, but I suspect that you'll need to put the questions in separate posts if you want them all answered. I can help you out with the first item: what is the tone of the tale's several references to the native Americans?

The tone is certainly not flattering. The Native Americans are depicted as being all that the village of Salem is not (at least not on the surface, that is): the Native Americans are connected to the wilderness and are said in the story to be in strong communion with the devil.

This portrayal of Native Americans in "Young Goodman Brown" is very much in keeping with Puritan views of the indigenous peoples of the New World (which matches the setting of the story) but not at all in keeping with the movement of Romanticism (which matches the publication date of the story).

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