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Young Goodman Brown. by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Allegory. An allegory is a story with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning, in which characters and events are intended as parallels to characters/ideas and events on another level.

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young goodman brown

Young Goodman Brown

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

allegory
Allegory
  • An allegory is a story with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning, in which characters and events are intended as parallels to characters/ideas and events on another level.
  • Allegories rely on symbols (concrete objects that represent abstract ideas) and personification (giving abstract ideas human characteristics), as well as archetypes (recognizable character types, settings, plot situations, etc that appear in other examples of literature)
for each question take notes and find at least one example from the text
For each question, take notes and find at least one example from the text.
  • What characters seem to be personification of larger ideas? How does this help us understand the story?
  • What objects do you think are symbolic? How?
  • What aspects of the settings might be archetypal? How?
  • Re-read the last two paragraphs of the story. What does your group understand as the allegorical (parallel/partially hidden) meaning of the story? What are we to learn from “Young Goodman Brown”?