Young Goodman Brown: The Nature of Morality

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“The cry of grief, rage, and terror, was yet piercing the night, when the unhappy husband held his breath for a response. There was a scream, drowned immediately in a louder murmur of voices, fading into far-off laughter, as the dark cloud swept away, leaving the clear and silent sky above Goodman Brown. But something fluttered lightly down through the air, and caught on the branch of a tree. The young man seized it, and beheld a pink ribbon.”

An overview of Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown cover
Young Goodman Brown cover
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne

Symbolism and Themes

The Nature of Morality

Goodman Wrestles his Curiosity

Puritan walking through forest
Puritan walking through forest

The Disillusioned Moral Order

ribbon sailing through the wind
ribbon sailing through the wind

Losing Faith

painting of horned goat with gathering of people
painting of horned goat with gathering of people
group at black mass
group at black mass

The Aftermath

Figure in dark forest
Figure in dark forest

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