Day 7

Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What effect does the historical context have on the story?

    The story is written on the cusp of the American Revolution. The restless feeling in the air among the population of the town where Robin searches for Major Molineux leads to Major Molineux's being tarred and feathered.

  2. 2

    What is Robin hoping for from Major Molineux?

    He is hoping for Major Molineux to help him set himself up for a secure financial and professional future.

  3. 3

    What internal shift does Robin experience?

    Robin feels empathy for Major Molineux but finds himself swept up in the feeling of the people around him and ends up laughing along with them at Major Molineux's...

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