Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” asks the reader to ques
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” asks the reader to question the extent to which judgment can be rendered and reserved. Goodman Brown seems to have no problem judging those around him—although he willing took part in the revelries of that rendezvous in the forest. There are still, however, questions that need to be answered regarding Hawthorne’s tale of witchcraft, deception, and deviltry. Prompt make sure to start the thesis statement with " I argue " Please answer one of the following prompts in response to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”. At the top of your essay please indicate which prompt you are responding to by using the corresponding number (#1, #2, #3, etc.). Hawthorne writes, “’ Welcome, my children,’ said the dark figure, ‘to the communion of your race! Ye have found, thus young, your nature and your destiny.’” The claim being made by the “dark figure” is mankind is inherently evil. With war, hate crimes, racism, and other terrible deeds, mankind certainly does seem to hate one another. Using Hawthorne’s short story, discuss to what extent do you agree mankind is inherently evil? The society “Young Goodman Brown” takes place in is a strict, Christian theocracy. The Christian faith greatly influences the actions and judgments of the characters. Hawthorne tells us, “’ Faith kept me back awhile,’ replied the young man, with a tremor in his voice, caused by the sudden appearance of his companion, though not wholly unexpected.” Discuss to what extent religion enhances an understanding of “Young Goodman Brown”. One of the surprises Goodman Brown has in the story is the way in which the citizens of Salem behave when they thought no one was listening or watching. Hawthorne’s examination of the duality of man is central to Goodman Brown’s decline at the end of the story. Discuss how and why mankind uses various “masks”. Do we ever show who we really are to those around us? Format Three (3) full pages of your own writing Please follow MLA formatting guidelines Use quotes from the text; cite page number when constructing citations. As an example: "xxx" (Hawthorne 8). Clear and thoughtful thesis statement Times New Roman 12 point Thoughtful title

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