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Blog EntryBlog: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Young Goodman Brown

Consider one of the following questions. Write an original response to the question and post it. Your original response needs to have a clear statement answering the question and then have support (a quotation or detail) from the text.  Analyze the textual support following the format that we have practiced in class: 1. Plot details, 2. Character or Conflict development, 3. Connection to Universal Idea- theme.

After you have posted an original entry, you need to comment on three other posts.  Comments earning A credit will build the discussion around the original comment by either adding insight or evidence to the argument, or by correcting a misconception and using evidence from the text to do so.

1. Near the end of the story the narrator asks the following: "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest, and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting?" What is the answer? If Goodman Brown's visions come out of his own dreams (mind, subconscious), what do they tell us about him?

2. Is Goodman Brown round or flat? To what extent is he symbolic "everyman" or representative of humankind?

3. Consider Hawthorne's use of symbolism, such as the sunset and night, the walking stick, the witches' sabbath, the marriage to Faith, and the vague shadows amid the darkness, together with other symbols that you may find. How do they work together to create a message?

4. What details establish the two settings? What characterizes Salem? The woods? Why might we be justified in seeing the forest as a symbolic setting?

Posted by SHANNON JACKSON at 10:50 AM
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