A Thin Veil of Satire- Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Numerous authors have opined Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown“, each with a new perspective or an improvement of their former. While it is not a much explored topic, avid readers of Hawthorne can attest to the fact that some of his works also use deep level humor to address human follies. Now, combining this kind of humor and an attack on (Puritanism) religious practices gives us humor as a standalone linguistic device that is not only symbolic and thematic, but also signify.

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On the Joys of Life- The Knowers by Helen Phillips

Given a chance, would you want to know the exact date of your death, minus its circumstances? How do you think such information would impact you and your loved ones? Typically, curiosity is likely to drive many people to inquire about their death date, but the mere fear and thought of death at its mention would tame this same curiosity.

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