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In the short story Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne the settings play a major role in the story The significance of the setting start right off in the Village of Salem and lead us into the journey of the woods where are character Goodman Brown has an experience that will change his life forever There are many factors that makes this story a good one The settings are one of those factors Often writers have to go through elaborate detail of the surroundings in order to get the readers to envision the setting Mr Hawthorne is able to create this vision with use of words from the opening line Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street of Salem Village When we think of Salem the first thoughts are of the Salem witch trials that were held in the 1600s These were the trials of servants of the Puritans who were believed to be witches because the practiced different beliefs and religions This starts the mood to the story knowing the historyThe woods are another great factor of setting for the story The woods symbolize dreariness darkness and the terror of the unknown The fact that most of the story is in the woods puts us in this queasiness state to relate to what is happening We have to picture Goodman Brown starting off his journey only to adventure on to meet up with a dark figure who we come to find out is the devil himself As the two continue their journey they go deeper into the woods as darkness is taking over now Until the end of Browns journey where the woods have become the setting for some satanic ritual that includes some of the townspeople These people play a key role in Goodman Browns life they are Goody Cloyse Deacon Goon and Browns innocent wife Faith In conclusion Nathaniel Hawthorne shows us through Young Goodman Brown how a
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