Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown tells a story of the journey of a man and how his perspective and attitude change in just one night. In the beginning of the story he is full of happiness and hope. He has an errand he has to run over night, and over the course of his errand some things are revealed to him. Throughout this story Young Goodman Brown’s outlook on life changes completely. Brown is very hopeful, happy, and full of life in the beginning. His love for his wife Faith is present when he says "My love and my Faith," replied young Goodman Brown, "of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee” (Hawthorne). She is trying to talk him into putting off his journey for the night and asking him to stay, but he refuses. She lets him go, and his reply to her shows that he is hopeful that his errand will go well. "’Amen!’ cried Goodman Brown. ‘Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee.’” (Hawthorne). He runs into a companion on the start of his journey and is almost frightened by the appearance of him, as he is not wholeheartedly expecting him. As they start walking together Brown suddenly says, “Having kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came. I have scruples touching the matter thou wot 'st of” (Hawthorne). Brown starts doubting and losing faith as to why he would go on such an errand. He tells his companion, “My father never went into the woods on such an…

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