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

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How does one define evil? It is universally thought of as bad, negative, harmful, vicious, corrupt and wicked. In all of the humanities there is an image or figurative concept for evil, differing from each culture of the globe. Nathaniel Hawthorne has intended to emphasize that no single person is capable of escape from the devil’s nature. The devil is prevalently known as a symbol for evil. Especially when considering it from a religious stand point as Brown does. It has been thought that “Young Goodman Brown” is a direct echo of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s own life. That in itself is a symbolic statement. Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts and a descendant of Puritan immigrants (Mays 340). The Puritans were an exceedingly religious society who believed witchcraft to be an abomination. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1836—enunciated a theory of symbol in his first book Nature, that retained validity through much of the century (Dunne 107). A fundamental doctrine of many mid nineteenth century American writers was a belief in the symbolic authority of nature (Dunne 107). Hawthorne uses an abundant amount of symbolism in his short story “Young Goodman Brown” to illustrate how the follies of mankind are established. A transformation takes place in the protagonist Young Goodman Brown. This transformation is one made of intellectual realization that is symbolized with certain evil props and characters.
It is hard to imagine that Hawthorne did not intend to inspire his readers on a…

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