Christian Undertones In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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The analysis you did of "Young Goodman Brown" was similar to what I interpreted. I thought the pagan undertones in the story were significant because the story took place in Salem which is where the witch trials took place. Brown is told by his "fellow traveler" that his grandfather persecuted a Quaker woman and his father set fire to an Indian village. Brown responds to that news by saying, "We are a people of prayer and good works, to boot, and abide no such wickedness" (388). Brown 's attitude towards those who are different can be heard when he tells himself "There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree" (387). Brown, like his father and grandfather, believes Indians are of the devil and views their practices as evil, yet he denies

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