Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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When many minds read the same passage of writing it is hard to decode a perception that would be the same. Some authors write in this style so you can see yourself in the story and relate to the writings on a personal level, causing you to dig deeper into the story and really have a fuller understanding of the material. While reading Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, my final take away was most likely different than others because I placed myself in the shoes of Good Brown and saw myself as the young and vulnerable man running through the woods with old witches and deceiving pastors. I think that his response is nothing worse than I would have reflected. I don’t know if I had an experience quite like his, if I would just bounce back. Readers and Authors alike do question however, if Young Goodman Brown reflect the image of all mankind or only one segment of it. An article that covers this question is one written by Paul W. Miller called “Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown’: Cynicism or Meliorism?” Miller not only covers the topic about whether Goodman represents one kind of man or all men, but also asks the question is Goodman is generally selfish by human nature, ” If, on the one hand, Young Goodman Brown is intended to represent all mankind, Hawthorne himself must be regarded, at the time of composition of this story, as a totally cynical man, obsessed with the notion that even the best of men are but whited sepulchres, unable either to save themselves or to find…

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