Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Minister’s Black Veil” & “Young Goodman Brown”
Address one of the following issues:
1. Discuss one thematic connection between “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown.” What integral theme do they share?
2. Note the use of symbol in either “Young Goodman Brown” or “The Minister’s Black Veil.” Examine one central symbol in detail, explaining its significance in the broader concern of the story.
3. Think about how women are portrayed in Hawthorne’s stories. What attitudes, in your view, inform his depictions? What does Hawthorne suggest about the place of women in his story—and by extension in the religious communities to which they belong?
Please support your answer by quoting specific evidence from the text.
Or, you may, if you wish, address another issue/topic/question you find compelling/important in the text. Be sure to refer to specific examples from the text.
Please remember to make a main post (at least 250 of your own words)
Book: Levine, Robert S. et. al., eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865. 9th ed. Vols. A & B. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. ISBN 13: 978-0-393-26454-8.
Required reading: Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” 345-54 & “The Minister’s
Black Veil” 368-77 [Norton Vol B.]