Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' Young Goodman Brown ' Essay

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In “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne creatively uses color as a method of revealing the dispositions of Goodman Brown, Faith, and the Devil in order to infer the natures of minor characters gathered in unity under black and red.
Hawthorne named his lead character Goodman “Brown,” which is seemingly apt, for just as the color brown seems to dance on the line between lightness and darkness, so does our protagonist. That is to say, that Goodman Brown is unexplainably attracted to evil, yet once he comes in contact with evil, he shies away, culminating to create an indecisive character, thus generating the idea of his “brown” disposition. Initially, Brown seems to be nothing more than a happy newly wed, until Hawthorne unexpectedly twists the story, and Brown leaves his new wife, Faith, with the intention of participating in an evil ritual. Any guilt Brown feels in beginning the journey is quelled by thoughts Faith’s virtue, which he believes will secure him a place in heaven, and having so calmed himself, he feels “justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose” (Hawthorne 1346). However, shortly upon venturing into a dark forest, Brown’s resolve soon begins to fade, and he even refuses to continue the journey at one point, saying, “Not another step will I budge on this errand” (Hawthorne 1349). Brown’s reluctance to fully commit to either the light or the dark illustrates Hawthorne’s brilliance at naming his complicated character Goodman “Brown.” However,…

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