The Idea Of Serpent In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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In the short story of “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I noticed the Hawthorne established the idea of serpent in pages 1 through 4. In page 2 it says, “sayest thou so? Replied he of the serpent, smiling apart.” Perhaps Hawthorne established the idea of “serpent” because these individuals are sneaky. In addition, when you aren’t expecting they will turn their back against you. Nevertheless, I don’t comprehend why Hawthorne established the idea of serpent next to his staff? These two ideas don’t relate to one another, but the author must have done it for a specific reason. In page 2 it says, “could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake.” Furthermore, I noticed the way Hawthorne described the road in the forest. He uses descriptive words in order to create a visual of the forest. In page 1 it says, “He taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest...narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind.” The descriptive words the author establishes makes readers visualize the forest. As I kept on reading further, I didn’t comprehend why Brown and the man decided to meet in the forest? It seemed Brown was afraid of the forest because he mentioned there being a devilish Indian behind…show more content…
It says, “I have been as well acquainted with your family...I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker women...I brought your father a pitch-pine knot.” However, Brown says that it cannot true because their family are people of prayer and good works. The man was talking about helping his father and grandfather kill innocent people. Overall the questions that I have, concerning these ideas, are why did the man therefore lie to Brown? Was it to gain his trust? Moreover, why did the family kill
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