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The Secrets Behind Nathaniel Hawthornes Writing Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a variety of gothic and dark storiesthroughout his life including the short stories Young Goodman Brown andThe Black Veil Hawthornes work and writings were targeted to a muchlarger audience and his work today is still under scrutiny long after hisdeath The influences of Nathaniel Hawthornes upbringing in SalemMassachusetts and his Puritan ancestry are evident in his literary worksMany of Hawthornes writings embody Puritan ideas and how they relate withhuman nature With these Puritan ideas Hawthorne stories would get deeperand darker In 1849 a tragedy happened in Hawthornes life that wouldchange his view of life forever Hawthornes mother passed away this yearleading him to start writing hell-fired stories Throughout these newstories Hawthorne was now writing people were so affected some say theywould get a broken heart or even a terrible headache Hawthornes writingstyle emphasizes moral and psychological effects as well as elements ofevil and sin fall of man and his Puritan history Young Goodman Brown is about a young Puritan man in SalemMassachusetts who has an uncertain dream As you can already see Hawthorneuses his past life to be implemented into the story Salem is whereHawthorne was born and he uses Puritanism once again in his stories In thedream Brown encounters he comes face to face with evil and he has toexplore the nature of evil in man In the beginning of the story GoodmanBrown leaves his wife Faith Hawthorne uses symbolism here because bymaking the character named Faith he essentially is showing that she isall Brown has She begs Goodman Brown not to leave her but he does anywayFaith is a very important character in this story because she is there as asymbol of hope for Goodman Brown Faith also represents Goodman Brownsbelief in god So by leaving Faith Brown is essentially
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