What signs do we see in the text of "Young Goodman Brown" that this destination is a frightening one on this particular night of the year?
Hawthorne certainly foreshadows the malicious nature of Brown's destination, long before Brown reaches the Sabbath itself. This is established from very early in the text. As Brown sets off on his journey, Hawthorne writes,
With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose. He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through . . .
Note the specific wording, that Brown had an "evil purpose"; furthermore, note how the road and the forests are described as off-putting and potentially dangerous within the text itself. As Brown continues, next we will find him running into "the figure of a man, in grave and decent attire, seated at the foot of an old tree." As Hawthorne proceeds to describe this individual, we learn the following:
But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the...
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