Number 5: Find words and phrases from the story that give it a dream-like or surreal feeling.  List them along with page references.  Explain or support why you believe these words or phrases support the dream-like or surreal feeling. Number 6:  Why does Goodman Brown see himself as “the chief horror of the scene”?  In what way(s) is he implicated in sin?  Does he have any right to be so embittered at the end of the story when he himself participates in the evils that occur in the forest? Number 7:  A “dark figure” says, “Ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream.  Now are ye undeceived.  Evil is the nature of mankind.  Evil must be our only happiness”.  What does he mean?  Does Goodman Brown believe (or come to believe) that virtue is just a dream and that evil is happiness?  Does the author?

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I will answer question number five.  Page numbers will not be possible, because I am going through my version of the story which is contained within an anthology.  

For me, a genre that consistently feels dreamlike and surreal is the fantasy genre.  The reason for that is because it usually has a supernatural element, a creepy forest, strange creatures, and a journey.  "Young Goodman Brown" has each of those fantasy elements.  

The story has a supernatural element, because Goodman Brown is speaking and walking with the Devil.  It doesn't get more supernatural than Satan himself. The reader might suspect for some time that the man is the Devil, but Goodie Cloyse confirms it for Goodman Brown.  

The traveller put forth his staff and touched her withered neck with what seemed the serpent's tail. "The devil!" screamed the pious old lady.

Moments later the supernatural element is elevated when the Devil throws his staff on the ground and it turns into an actual serpent.  

So saying, he...

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