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Demetria Hart

Professor Gibbs

Composition and Literature

April 16th, 2018

Short Story Analysis

The author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work features moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan message. In his two short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minster’s Black Veil” both dealing with beliefs and humanity being judgmental. As in both of the stories are very judgmental and that it is hard for the characters in the short stories to repent their sins. Through symbols and setting in the stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minster’s Black Veil”, the main character worried about what humankind would think upon them.

As a matter of fact, in the short story “Young Goodman Brown”, the setting is small little village that is named Salem Village. The people there are very nosey and watch each other every move. Goodman Brown was going on a journey in a forest and he had to complete the mission that night but, his wife was scared for his life and think something will happen to him. He had talk to his before he leave for the mission,” My love, my Faith,” replied young Goodman Brown. “Of all nights in a year, this one night must I tarry away from thee? My journey, as thou callest it forth and back again, must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise what, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months named?” In the story he know that his wife think he cannot be trusted and he might be doing some other things. He also, told her before he left to go back in the house and say a prayer for him. “Amen!” cried Goodman Brown. “Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee.” Because he know that she is going to be deeply worried about him and knew that she probably done had a dream or saw this coming in the near future

In addition, the short story “Young Goodman Brown” uses setting and also in the “The Minster’s Black Veil”. The setting of this story takes place in a small town outside of Massachusetts. But, this village is name Milford and the people here are worried about their Reverend Mr. Hooper because all of a sudden he is starting to wear a black veil covering his face because , “With one accord they started, expressing more wonder than if some strange minister were coming to dust the cushions of Mr. Hopper’s



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