What is Hawthorne's point in "Young Goodman Brown"?

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This is an interesting question. You could probably answer sufficiently by choosing a theme from the story and providing an analysis and support of the theme. The answer is undoubtedly subjective. Consequently, different readers could think that Hawthorne has a different main point. Personally, I think that a main point of this story is about hidden sin. This should make sense because Hawthorne has written other pieces that focus on hidden sin. The Scarlet Letter and "The Minister's Black Veil" both have a strong emphasis on hidden sin. "Young Goodman Brown " shows readers the hidden sins and secrets of a town through...

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