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Interpretation of Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne in Young Goodman Brown uses foreshadowing irony symbolism and setting to advance the theme of good versus evil Throughout the short story there are many examples of foreshadowing One of these is at the beginning of the story when his wife Faith confronts him She says Dearest heart prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that shes afeard of herself sometimes Pray tarry with me this night dear husband of all the nights in the year 273 Either in a dream or in her gut Goodman Browns wife has a feeling that something bad is going to happen Another example of foreshadowing is when Goodman Brown is starting his journey and he says to him What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow 273 After he says this to himself he is confronted by the figure of a man This man ends up walking with Goodman throughout his journey only to find out that this man is the evil or devil that he worried about Both of these quotations help advance the theme of go od versus evil by alluding to what is to become of Young Goodman Brown at the end of the story Another literary technique Hawthorne uses to advance the theme is irony One example of this is the title of the story alone It is as if the author wants you to think Robertshaw 2 that he is a good man and ironically he ends up going with the evil on his journey Another example is the setting of the story in the opening sentence Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street of Salem village 272 allows the reader to tie Salem to the famous witch trials These same trials are symbolic of the evil
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