Analysis Of The Book ' The First Place ' Essay

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In the first place, Hawthorne makes an association between the devil himself and the traditions of religion. For example, Goodman Brown, argues with the devil that his family line has always “been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs” and would never keep such company. “We are a people of prayer, and good works to boot, and abide no such wickedness.” However, the devil informs him, “I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans…I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem; and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philip’s war.” He also notes that he is acquainted with the deacons of many churches, court officials, the governor, and even Goodman Brown’s own minister, whose preaching causes Goodman to tremble (156). In addition, the devil uses their encounters with Goody Cloyse, the old woman who taught Goodman his catechism, and the minister and deacon, to convince him to follow the crowd and quit his faith, since there seems to be no one truly righteous (157). Accordingly, there were both the pious and the wicked at the meeting (160). Not only¬ does the writer use this connection between the devil and misguided actions such as genocide and floggings to characterize the traditions of “religion,” there is much more.
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