Communication's Role In Young Goodman Brown

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Communication is a critical part of any relationship, which can either enhance or destroy it. In the story ?Young Goodman Brown?, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Goodman Brown, a newly married man, never actually comes to understand the value of talking with his wife, Faith. Hawthorne displays through Goodman Brown and Faith the inevitable effects of their lack of trust and failure to open up to one another. Goodman Brown?s lack of communication with his wife, Faith, causes the destruction of their relationship.Because he did not tell Faith the details of his journey into the woods, Goodman Brown feels overwhelmingly guilty. Since he knows he has done something wrong, he starts dwelling on how Faith would react if she knew the real purpose of the journey and concludes that ??t would kill her to think it? (288). Knowing that Faith?s opinion of him would probably change, Goodman Brown continues to put guilt on himself. He, in order to prevent worsening the guilt, decides to stop his journey and return home thinking ?what calm sleep would be his that very night, which was to have been spent so wickedly, but so purely and sweetly now, in the arms of Faith? (291). Goodman Brown has the chance to rectify the situation while he still can by leaving the woods and going home to explain to Faith the evil nature of his journey, but instead he continues. Goodman Brown lets his guilt eat away at him to the point that he ?deemed it advisable to conceal himself . . . conscious of the guilty purpose that had brought him? (291). He is so guilty by this time that when he hears the sounds of people in the forest, Goodman Brown hides himself from them because he cannot bear to be seen by anyone. Goodman Brown continues dig himself deeper and deeper in the dishonesty he started with Faith, by not stopping it when he can.A second failure of Goodman Brown to communicate honestly with Faith puts him in a scarring situation. With his conscience bearing down on him, Goodman Brown becomes deeply troubled and thinks he hears Faith?s scream. He is so vexed with the sound that he screams ??Faith? . . . in a voice of agony and desperation; . . . [His] cry of grief, rage, and terror was yet piercing the night? (292). The fear in his voice almost hints that he knows that the terror is not over just yet. The Narrator describes one of the scenes in the forest as Goodman Brown first catches sight of his beloved wife. He describes that ?by the blaze of the hell-kindled torches . . . beheld his Faith . . . trembling before that unhallowed alter? (295). This vivid image of Faith by the fires of hell shows his breaking point where he is scarred beyond...

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