Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his fiction based on the early days of New England and the Puritans who inhabited it. Adding a “w” to the spelling of his last name, Hawthorne tried to separate himself from his ancestors, especially his great-grandfather John Hathorne who served as a judge during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. He sought to explore the past while exposing its foibles. Young Goodman Brown echoes Hawthorne’s usual themes: the presence of evil and temptation in an outwardly religious community and the fall from faith.
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Interest Levels: 8 - 11
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