Essay about Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

805 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
David Jauss suggests, “The best epiphanies approach their revelations indirectly, through imagery, metaphor, and symbol rather than through direct statement. In short, they arrive with some elusiveness like insight itself.” In simpler terms, a great epiphany according to Jauss contains components revolving around symbolism or some other literary device to enhance the realization. It also, doesn’t reveal its true meaning immediately, but rather slowly over time. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown is an account of a holy man going through the forest, on a journey. For instance, Faith, Brown’s wife, is used as a metaphor to represent his struggle for his spiritual faith. Revelation by Flannery O 'Connor is a work that, primarily, focuses on the shallowness of a woman who experiences a great realization. Her ultimate downfall could be her inability to not change or she could use her great realization to turn her life around. In summary, both characters experienced an epiphany and had the consistent theme of going through a spiritual journey. Hawthorne’s story isn’t the only work of literature to suggest an eye opening epiphany or lead their character on a spiritual journey.

Brown’s epiphany, in Young Goodman Brown, is slow coming and leads him on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. His persistent “errand” into the woods causes his epiphany, which changes his opinion on the townsfolk, and he now sees their true colors. For example, he discovers that pious, holy…

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