by Nathaniel Hawthorne
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Witchcraft in Salem
The informational text “Witchcraft in Salem” recounts how mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692-1693, a period now known as the Salem Witch Trials.Pair “Witchcraft in Salem” with “Young Goodman Brown” to provide students with additional information regarding one of the events taking place in Salem during the time the story takes place. How would the suspicion of witchcraft in Salem influence Goodman Brown’s actions throughout the text?
The Wives of the Dead
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
In this short story, two women receive shocking visits in the night as they grieve over the deaths of their husbands.Pair “The Wives of the Dead” with “Young Goodman Brown” and ask students to discuss the manipulation of reality in the two texts. Does Hawthorne ever clarify which events in the two texts are dreams or reality? What affect does this have on the theme of both texts?
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
- Jonathan Edwards
In this excerpt from, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards shares his views on the relationship between God and sinners.Pair “Young Goodman Brown” with “Excerpt from ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’” and ask students to discuss how the nature of sin is explored in each text. How is Goodman Brown tempted by sin in the short story? Do students think that Goodman Brown was rewarded for resisting sin? How do students think Jonathan Edwards’ would feel about Goodman Brown’s choices throughout the short story? Why?