Essay about Analysis Of Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

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“Things are not always what they seem.” This popular euphemism can be applied to all aspects of life, and to the dismay of many English students, is emphasized when referring to literature. An author’s intricate use of allegory and symbolism transforms our perception of simple characters and objects into major themes and motifs that extend past the page and ultimately comment on human nature. A prime example of this literary technique is Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown”. Hawthorne’s character, Faith, is not only the main character’s wife and a symbol of his own personal faith, but serves as a comment on female purity in the puritan community as well. The story begins at dusk in Salem, with a young newly married man, Young Goodman Brown, regretfully bidding his innocent and pure wife Faith goodbye as he sets off for a nightly errand. He ventures into the dark forest and is joined by a suspicious man, "of grave and decent attire" for an evening of misdeeds. The suspicious man is later implied to be the devil, who attempts to persuade Brown into joining his hellish escapades. Brown repeatedly declines, trying to uphold his family name and wanting to be as religious as his faithful wife. Brown maintains his stance even after learning that his father and grandfather both sought the man’s assistance. However Brown says he finds that hard to believe because the members of his family are good Christians. The man simply replies that he is on friendly terms with all kinds of…

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