Your outline for the analysis paper should use the following format.   You must have a working thesis with three minor claims/reasons/arguments to support your thesis.   Use complete sentences that are easier to transfer into your essay.   For each minor claim, you must have evidence from
the text as support.   You should include the pages of the story that provide textual examples in parentheses after each claim.

Working Thesis:   In the story “Young Goodman Brown,” writer Nathaniel Hawthorne incorporates various symbols to show the struggle between good and evil that his protagonist experiences during his night in the forest.

I.   Hawthorne uses the forest and the setting itself to portray the struggle of good and evil.

A.   The path through the forest symbolizes life itself and the journey everyone must make, incorporating temptations to stray from the “path of good.”   (214; 217;

B.   Hawthorne uses the historical aversion to wilderness and the belief that evil lurked in the forest in the form of Native Americans to strengthen his symbolism of good and evil.   (214; 218; 219; 220)

C.   One of Hawthorne’s ancestors was a presiding judge during the infamous Salem witch trials, and his guilt over this association and his understanding of the evil perpetrated during this time period give him a natural symbol of evil and the devil in the setting of Salem village.   (212; 213; 215; 216)

II.   Hawthorne also utilizes Brown’s wife as a symbol to show that his title character is in danger of turning away from good and being drawn into evil.

A.   Brown’s wife is aptly named “Faith,” symbolizing the belief in good.   (213; 214;

B.   Faith’s garb and adornments such as her “pink ribbons” represent symbols of feminine youth and innocence.   (213; 214; 218)

C.   In the forest, “before that unhallowed altar” (221), Faith suddenly disappears, denoting her husband’s turning away from good and being enticed by evil.   (221)

D.   His wife represents...