Rhetorical Analysis Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about the Puritan society’s ways. He talks about this adventure of Goodman Brown seeing the devil and many other common fears during the time of the Puritan society. Brown doesn’t know if what he saw was real or fake, so he doesn't inform anyone of this situation due to the society he is in. The character of Goodman Brown modifies the reader’s understanding of Puritan ideals of religion by using a dark tone.
Hawthorne uses common fears to make the audience feel panicked. He shows this in the short story when he writes, “The whole forest peopled with frightful sounds; the creaking of the trees, the howling of wild beasts, and the yell of Indians;” (Hawthorne 6) Nathaniel Hawthorne brings up these common fears of Puritan society as a focal point to get the reader’s attention. The author additionally highlights these common fears to add emphasis to the eerie setting. The passage also says, “But he was himself the chief horror of the scene, and shrank not from its other …show more content…

Hawthorne shows a prime example of using the dark tone on page two when he states, “It was now deep dusk in the forest, and deepest in that part of it where these two were journeying.” (Hawthorne 2) The author repeatedly brings up these fears of Puritan society in this dark tone to keep the tension in the short story. The author uses this dark tone in the short story to show that the setting was very sinister. Hawthorne also states, “On he flew, among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter, as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him.” (Hawthorne 7) This piece of evidence utilizes strong diction with negative connotations to emphasize the dark tone. This dark tension is what brings Hawthorne’s negative style against the topic is what anchors his opinion in the

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