What tentative words does Hawthorne use to suggest things may or may not be happening (e.g. seem, appear, fancied, as it were, as if, perhaps.) How do those words influence your response to the story?
What is it that ruins Young Goodman Brownâ??s life? What do you think is the theme of this story, the fundamental expression of what it means to be human in the world?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 2:46 am ad1c9bdddf
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1. Various tentative words and phrases permeate the story within the following examples:
? "What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand!"
? "But no, no; 't would kill her to think it."
? "...so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude."
? "But, were I to go on with thee, how should I meet the eye of that good old man, our minister, at Salem village?" ...
Young Goodman Brown's language and themes are examined.