Analysis Of The Book ' Young Goodman Brown ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses character encounters to build his theme of loss of religious faith. Salient encounters that the protagonist faces are with Goody Cloyse, the minister and the Deacon, and his wife, Faith.
First, Young Goodman Brown encounters Goody Cloyse on his walk with the devil. During Goodman Brown’s walk the Devil tries to convince him to walk further into the woods. The devil then, “Pointed his staff to a female figure on the path, in whom Goodman Brown recognized a very pious and exemplary dame, who had taught him [Goodman Brown] his catechism in youth, and was still his moral and spiritual adviser, jointly with the minister and Deacon Gookin.” When Young Goodman Brown sees this he realizes that even someone he has looked up to his entire life for spiritual advice has walked with the Devil, and may not be as much of a devoted Christian as she seems. In regards to spying Goody Cloyse, young Goodman Brown responds, “A marvel, truly that Goody Cloyse should be so far in the wilderness at nightfall. But with your leave, friend, I shall take a cut through the woods until we have left this Christian woman behind. Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going.” This quote depicts Young Goodman Brown in disbelief that Goody Cloyse would know who Brown’s companion is. He believes that she is still innocent to the Devil’s claims. However, once the Devil proves to Brown that Goody knows…

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