Allegory And Symbolism Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many examples of allegory and symbolism in his stories, especially in “Young Goodman Brown.” In the story, Young Goodman Brown ends up leaving his wife, Faith, for the night to go meet a man near the woods. This man illustrates the devil and brings him to a ceremony within the woods. Throughout the story, Young Goodman Brown struggles to maintain the same amount of the faith he once had. Faith and the man near the woods are both examples of symbolism in this story.
Faith is symbolic in more than just one way. First of all, her name, “Faith,” can be considered symbolism. She is symbolizing Young Goodman Brown’s faith that he has for his religion, as well as everything else. Faith is described as wearing “pink ribbons of her cap” (Hawthorne 154). Usually the color pink is associated with happiness and goodness, like Young Goodman Brown’s faith he had before leaving for the forest. Young Goodman Brown says to Faith, “My love and my Faith … of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee” (155). Young Goodman Brown is leaving Faith, as his wife, and also leaving his own personal faith to go meet the man near the woods, who is ultimately the devil. Towards the end of the story, Young Goodman Brown is in the woods for the ceremony with the devil and his worshippers. Young Goodman Brown glances over and sees Faith at this ceremony as well. He shrieked in despair, “Faith! Faith! … Look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one” (162).…

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