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- Full Title: “Young Goodman Brown”
- When Written: 1835
- Where Written: Salem, Massachusetts
- When Published: 1835 and 1846
- Literary Period: American Romanticism
- Genre: Short story, allegory
- Setting: 17th century Salem, Massachusetts
- Climax: When Goodman Brown calls on Faith to resist the devil
- Antagonist: The devil, the hypocrisy of the Puritans
- Point of View: Third person
Descendant of a witch trial judge. Hawthorne was a descendent of John Hathorne, a Puritan judge who ordered the execution of the Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne added the “w” to his name to hide his shameful ancestry.
The white whale. Herman Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne.