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American Fiction
An analysis of the similar elements in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
# 124716 | 1,500 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper compares two elements that are shared in common in both Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." The paper maintains both share the elements of an oppressive and restrictive environment that ultimately leads to the mental breakdown of the respective protagonists in each story.

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"The protagonist of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening", Edna, shares a degree of similarity with the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown", Goodman Brown. Edna lives in a world where rules and roles are rigidly defined, unfulfilled and unhappy in her cage-like existence, as only wife and mother. Goodman Brown appears more fulfilled but he lives in a Puritan society where behavior is also rigidly confined by stringent rules. Edna becomes determined to throw off the shackles of her oppressed existence and in the process is thought..."

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