Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

Ethan Brand by Nathaniel Hawthorne

what connections in character, setting, theme or style do you see between "ethan Brand" and the other Hawthorne tales we have read in this unit? focus your response on one of these aspects of the tale.

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Generally, these works are united by the following themes: the hypocrisy of Puritanism; the conflict between outward appearance and inward reality; and the conflict between good and evil within man.

Most of these works also take place in Puritan New England, within which Hawthorne's ancestry was deeply rooted. Thus, he alludes to witchcraft in some stories as well, as Hawthorne was impacted by the Salem Witch Trials and his ancestor's role in them. Stories that include supernatural elements include "Young Goodman Brown", "The Birthmark" and "Ethan Brand".