Goodman Brown's Epitaph

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Goodman Brown's Epitaph

Young Goodman Brown lived a miserable life after the night he ventured in the forest. Once his dying hour came around, his gravestone had no epitaph on it.

Then, what is an epitaph anyway?

The Epitaphwritten by: Angelique de Rouen

An epitaph is "a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site."

This is an example of an epitaph.

Sources"epitaph." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 29 Oct. 2014. . Byron's Epitaph. Digital image. Http://'s_Epitaph, N.p., 22 July 2008. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.,_1900).jpg

Epitaphs are usually put on grave stones, but why did Goodman not have one? Most importantly, what did Nathaniel Hawthorne mean by all of this?

The epitaph being absent on Goodman Brown's gravestone represents that his life had no meaning. There was nothing about his life worth mentioning.

As it states in the text,"when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave... they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone." This direct quote states that although Goodman Brown had lived a long life, nothing was written on his gravestone.

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If that is not enough evidence for you, it also states in the text, "A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, if not desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream."This quote demonstrates what a miserable and melancoly person Goodman Brown had become. This is a possible explanation of why he did not have an explanation.

Even Nathaniel Hawthorne did not have an epitaph on his gravestone.

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Lastly, this quote in the text states that when Goodman Brown died, "his dying hour was gloom." This seems to imply a Goodman Brown remained in his dark state of mind from the time he had the dream to the time he died.

This graveyard drawing seems to be an interpertation of what a graveyard would look like during the time this story was written.

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Overall, hopeful epitaphs were a common cultural tradition during this period in New England's history. They represented insites to people's lives. The lack of a hopeful verse on Goodman Brown's gravestone speaks volumes about how miserable he was.

This story takes place in Salem Village which is where the Salem Witch Trials took place.

This video is about the story of Young Goodman Brown.


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