Analysis Of `` Young Goodman Brown `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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The short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is filled with many layers of symbolism that include both characters, such a Faith, and objects, such as the staffs. These symbols are used in various events to create a structure for deeper meaning in the novel. Such events include Young Goodman Brown’s constant turning back towards his wife and his acceptance of the staff. The final culmination of these events is a moral theme that accounts for both the literal and symbolic angles that the story is told from. The moral of “Young Goodman Brown,” illustrated through symbolism, is that sinfulness is inherently intertwined with human nature and the more anyone concerns themselves with it the more havoc it wreaks on their life. This is shown by Young Goodman Brown’s reaction to finding out he true sinful nature of the inhabitants of Salem and by the loss of trust and faith in his neighbors and wife. The key catalyst that beings these changes would be the old traveler that Young Goodman Brown meets in the woods. One of the most obvious symbols present in “Young Goodman Brown” is the old man that is met on the forest path. Many factors, such as his unnatural speed and downright recognition, demonstrate that this man is intended to represent the devil who leads Young Goodman Brown astray. One example of this is the man’s insistence that Young Goodman Brown continue on the path even when he wants to turn back, Hawthorne writes, “‘Sayest thou so?’ replied he of the…

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