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The Freshman 15
On my trip we stayed in the UCLA dormitories (one called Sunset Village) and ate in one of the Commons. The choice and quality of food was amazing. I know this is UCLA, but I have a feeling this is not atypical of food choices for college students. No wonder they gain weight in the first year! I had to skip dinner to even myself out, calorie wise. One morning I had an omelet, oatmeal, juice, coffee, and muffins. Who does that? Normally I have coffee and toast or a bowl of cereal.
The South is known for obesity, and that is legitimate, but I saw plenty of heavy people, especially young people, out there too.
How's that for a title? Thought it might get some hits. However, this post is dead serious. Last night I taught, for the first time, this fascinating "tale," which might be called an allegory. I taught it in conjunction with "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Both must be read in light of the Christian world view or metanarrative, that of perfect creation, fall, redemption through Christ, and an eventual return to a perfect creation. As I told my students, different churches interpret that sequence differently but all hold to the same basic sequence.
But of course, they are very different stories. "Young Goodman Brown" is set in the Puritan landscape and more specifically in Salem. This is not just any New England town in the 17th century, but the site of the hysteria and hypocrisy of the witch trials, a time engrained into American consciousness especially through The Crucible and the McCarthy times. (These are, of course,…