Day 5

Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Reuben Bourne feel about his son?

    Reuben loves his son and sees in him another version of the best parts of himself.

  2. 2

    How does Reuben's reason for shrinking from the world around him compare to Young Goodman Brown's?

    Both characters carry around guilty feelings that embitter their interactions with the world. However, Reuben's interactions are colored entirely by the weight of his feelings about leaving Roger Malvin in the woods and lying to Dorcas, while Young Goodman Brown is also burned by disillusioned by the hypocrisy he perceives in the people around him.

  3. 3

    What is the purpose of the introduction at the beginning of the story?

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