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Young Goodman Brown Paper In Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the tale of a man and his discovery of evil But it is not only evil that Hawthorne is concerned with He is also interested with the way evil affects his characters Goodman Brown in particular Through Hawthornes use of structural techniques such as tone setting and symbolism he portrays the nature of evil and the psychological effects it can have on man He shows how meeting the devil and discovering the existence of evil brings Brown to view the world in a cynical way Browns new realization is what haunts the rest of his days and prevents him from living a happy life Throughout much of the story Hawthorne creates a serious and somber tone From the start the audience begins to sense that Brown will go through relentless agony due to his meeting with the devil Hawthornes diction in the opening paragraphs is a good indication of this He uses words such as melancholy evil dreary and grave to evoke a certain mood in the reader Browns attitude and actions also portray this negative view He ponders the hypocrisy of the Salem Village as well as that of the Puritans that live there He examines the possibility that evil and corruption exist in a town that is supposedly characterized by piety and devout faith Thus Hawthornes choice of setting is instrumental in the development of the story Hawthornes portrayal of the village as good and the forest as bad adds significance to the fact that Brown begins his journey in the town and proceeds then to the forest Hawthornes use of imagery captures the appearance of the forest as well as lending a sense of foreboding towards the impending evil He says Brown Had taken a dreary road darkened by the gloomiest trees of the forestIt was all as lonely as it could be 166 Immediately following this description Brown speculates
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