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Young Goodman Brown Analysis

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Young Goodman Brown

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The story `'Young Goodman Brown'', written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, talks about Goodman Brown coming face to face with evil and obliged to face the devil himself. The story illustrates a symbolic portrayal of the attraction of evil. Many characters support Goodman Brown and is a fight that he must do alone. He lives with his wife Faith and he is dependent on his wife, leaving her at the beginning of the story, Brown is leaving his faith in god. Faith is introduced in the beginning of the story as the devoted wife who warns her husband to stay. One of the reasons why Brown decides to leave his wife is to meet with a mysterious figure deep in the forest. When Brown meets with the mysterious figure, he says to the devil that one of the reasons why he was late was because Faith kept him back a while. This statement has a double meaning because his wife was trying to prevent him on being from time to meet the devil.

The purpose of the journey with the devil is to join an unspecified but obviously unholy ritual. Once Young Goodman is by himself with the devil, he was not able to make a good decision and be able to step it up. When he sees Goody Cloyse in conversation with the devil, Brown decides he should reject evil. Goodman blames this woman for being with the devil; however he is doing the same thing. He decides not to praise the devil and rejects the woman.

Goodman Brown's next encounter shatters his faith. He believes that he had heard the voice of his beloved Faith. He hears the voice of a woman and automatically assumes it's her. He starts yelling out her name as loudly as he can and suddenly he sees a pink ribbon flying in the air remembering his wife. At this moment Goodman Brown loses all his faith in the world and declares there is no good on earth. He then allows the staff to lead him again, with the instinct that guides the mortal man to evil. Because of his complete loss of faith, Goodman Brown has nothing to keep him from evil. This demonstrates once reunited with his wife he is able to stand firm and be able to know what is right and wrong.

The ceremony that Goodman Brown witnesses reunites him with many people that he knows. He then realizes that he does not see Faith and hopes to see her again. This is the possibility of...

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