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by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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What is the message presented by "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

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Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne reveals the impact of society on people’s lives. The narration is provided with a third person omniscient point of view. The primary characters include a young Puritan and his wife Faith who have been married only three months. 

The story uses three events from history to add to the reality of the story:  1675 Indian and colonists fights; the Salem Witch trials of 1692; and the attempt to make illegal Quakerism.  These historical references are utilized to create an atmosphere making it feasible for the story’s events to happen.  The setting of the story Salem village has a dubious history.  This legacy integrates the historical roots of Goodman Brown’s fascination with the devil and the dark side.

There is no way to judge if the events in the forest really happened. What is apparent is that Brown functions as “every man” for Hawthorne. In many of his stories, Hawthorne emphasized the idea that man is continually tempted and is...

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