"Young Goodman Brown"
November 17, 2014
1.How does the setting add to the meaning of the story: sunset and night, dreary road, gloomiest trees, narrow path creeping through, lonely, peculiarity in solitude? How does this imagery create the mood? How does this mood help us predict the nature of Young Goodman Brown’s journey?
- Not only is the setting eerie, but we all affiliate Salem with witches and witch craft. This adds to the subliminal message of eerie satanistic actions. This imagery gives a creepy dark mood. The eerie descriptions foreshadow that Y.G.B. is going on a creepy adventure.
2. .Discuss the significance of "Faith kept me back awhile."-This has two meanings. 1) Faith, his wife, actually kept him back. 2) He was blinded by his faith in everyone and because of this he was kept back from the truth.
3.Why do you think Faith wore pink ribbons? Hint: think of the connotation of colors.-We usually affiliate innocence with pink, and when Faith's pink ribbons were found by Y.G.B. it was as if her innocence was no longer.
4.Discuss the significance of the second traveller (sic.), ". . . apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features. Still they might have been taken for father and son." Is he Brown’s alter ego?
-Y.G.B. may have been the younger version of his companion...the Devil, if he continues to have no faith.
5.Interpret the description of the staff "which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light." Why the uncertainty?
-He may have let fear affect his vision, and also the darkness could have done so.
6. When the fellow traveller states, "I have been well acquainted with your family... I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. ... The deacons of many a church have drunk wine with me; the select men of divers town make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm believers of my interest," what do we begin to understand about him? Though this character, what is Hawthorne telling us about evil?
-Evil is in everyone.
7. Discuss the meaning(s): "My Faith is gone!”
-Y.G.B had loss his wife, and he had loss his faith.
8.Describe what Goodman Brown saw when he arrived at the meeting – the grave, reputable, and pious people, the chaste dames and dewy virgins, the revered pastor, and that the good "shrank not from the wicked." Discuss the meaning.
-You couldn't tell the difference between the bad and the good. They was no uncomfortable vibe given from the evil to the good.
9.The dark figure states, "Welcome, my children, to the communion of your race. Ye have found thus young your nature and your destiny." What do you think this means?-It is everyone's nature to be evil, and this is the inevitable.
10. How does Goodman Brown treat people the next day? What happens to him? Why?
-Y.G.B is scared of the people in the town. He snatches the little girl from Deacon Gooken.
11."Young Goodman Brown" is a moral allegory. Essentially, an allegory is an extended metaphor using one thing to represent another – a story with dual meanings. Therefore, there is a surface or literal meaning as well as a secondary meaning. In other words, Hawthorne uses this moral allegory to reveal a moral lesson or lessons. Discuss the moral lesson(s) you discover in the story.