Foreshadowing in Young Goodman Brown
A Pattern of Foreboding: Hawthorne inserts touches of foreshadowing throughout the story in order to heighten the suspense. In all cases, these touches contribute to an atmosphere of foreboding. Whether Faith is warning of an ominous dream, the devil is discussing the evils of town life, or Goody Cory is cryptically speaking of a young man expected to take communion in the woods, the story’s moments of foreshadowing always point towards darkness ahead.
Foreshadowing Examples in Young Goodman Brown:
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"“You are late, Goodman Brown,” said he. “The clock of the Old South was striking as I came through Boston, and that is full fifteen minutes agone.”..." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)
"A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes...." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)
"they tell me there is a nice young man to be taken into communion tonight..." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)
"as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done tonight. ..." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)