Essay on Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The ' Brown '

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In the story, Brown allows the devil to persuade him to go deeper into the forest. The deeper they travel, the more Brown wishes to stop and return to his beautiful wife. He worries how he will be able to sit in church and face the minister if he continues his evil purpose. While in this forest, he sees a religious woman, Goody Cloyse, who taught him his religious principles. It is ironic that Hawthorne creates this Puritan woman who teaches religious principles as a character. “One Puritanical belief is that women “could not be truly touched by God . . . Any woman who dared to speak the word of God must surely be an instrument of the devil” (Jacob 4). Hawthorne illustrates to his readers his different view by contrasting the reality in the story against Brown’s dream. Goody Cloyse, in the reality, outside of that forest, is a woman who teaches people the laws of religion. Hawthorne does this to show that a woman can belong to God and be used as instruments for His holy purpose. The contrast of Goody Cloyse in the forest, where she lost her broom and has to walk to the devil’s communion, shows the Puritan belief that Goody Cloyse must be a witch who is working for the devil. When Goody Cloyse disappears with the devil’s snakelike staff, Brown says, “‘That old woman taught me my catechism.’ And there was a world of meaning in this simple comment” (Hawthorne 1125). The world of meaning is the irony of a Puritan woman being allowed to teach religion.
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