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Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered by many a great writer Hawthornes use of imagery captures the readers attention and holds it throughout the story such as the reader will experience in the tale of Young Goodman Brown In the fable of Young Goodman Brown the reader is thrown into a twist of good versus evil Hawthorne portrays evil in his choice of words which describe the forest and the old man with the staff The first mention of the forest leads the reader to believe Brown in walking into evil Hawthorne writes He had taken a dreary road darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through and closed immediately behind It was all as lonely as could be and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude that the traveler knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead such that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude 614 In many books when one reads of dark and lonely places the reader thinks of evil coming Another mention in Young Goodman Brown that leads the reader to believe there is a hint of evil is the description of the old man and his staff The man is said to be dressed in grave and decent attire and the he had an aura about him which was of a person who knew the world Although there is little that describes the man Hawthorne focuses the readers attention to the staff carried by the old man The staff Hawthorne writes bore the likeness of a great black snake like a living serpent Many perceive snakes to be a symbol of evil As one can see Hawthornes choice of words lead the reader to believe that there is evil in the tale of Young Goodman Brown In the beginning of the story the audience is
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