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Things to Remember While Reading "Young Goodman Brown":

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne was born over one hundred years after the end of the Salem, Massachusetts, witch craze.
  • Hawthorne's ancestors had an especially strong impact on his imagination and on his name (Nathaniel added the "w" to his last name in order to separate himself from the evil acts of his ancestors). William Hathorne settled in Boston in the 1630s and was involved in the persecution of Quakers (members of the Society of Friends). William's son John was one of the chief judges in the Salem witchcraft trials (see Chapters 3 and 4).

From "Young Goodman Brown"

"Faith! Faith!" cried the husband [Goodman Brown], "look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one."

Whether Faith obeyed he knew not. Hardly had he spoken when he found himself amid calm night and solitude, listening to...

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