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

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Faith in Humanity Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” is about a man named Goodman Brown, whose faith and creeds are put to the test by evil, wickedness and corruption in the society. Goodman Brown, the man of faith loses his trust in humanity after he realizes that the world is surrounded by evil and every human being has a devil residing inside them. Hawthorne captures his reader’s interest by creating mystery and suspense in the story. Through his story, Hawthorne stresses that humanity is flawed by corruption as people tend to choose evil over good, resulting in frustration, disbelief, and fear. The protagonist of the story is a proud Puritan, Goodman Brown, who goes on a voyage of self-discovery; a voyage to prove that no evil can destroy his faith in God and his faith will allow him to fight against the evil within himself and the society. To test his faith, Brown leaves his young wife to travel through the darkest path that only leads to immorality and debauchery. As a Puritan, Brown believes in God whose supreme powers maintain authority over devil. During 1600’s, the Puritan religious beliefs started in England and moved to America when Puritans left England and sailed to Massachusetts (Deering). Puritans had strict views about the role of Satan in their everyday life; they believed in evil spirits and witches and their capability to harm people. Due to their strong religious beliefs, Puritans accused evil spirits for the bad omens and the…

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