Compare And Contrast Revelation And Young Goodman Brown

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Whenever people look at any object, whether it is concrete or not, they will judge it by its appearance. C.S. Lewis once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Lewis is saying that people’s perspective will change if they will just look in a different direction. In Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, the characters saw their peers like they wanted to. The characters wanted to make themselves feel better, so they judged others. They continuously ignored the signs of their own imperfections which, in the end, caused a new outlook on their lives. Mrs. Turpin and Goodman Brown met people who interfered with how they view themselves as well. Their peers change their …show more content…
O’Connor describes the characters features in order for readers to understand how Mrs. Turpin evaluates each one of them. “She bases all of her assessments of these waiting-room occupants on status and wealth” (Dumas par. 11). Mrs. Turpin criticizes each of the people in the room in order to make herself feel better. She wants to feel like she holds the higher status. She even holds conversations with herself about a young girl who is blue-faced with acne and scowling like that is all she knows to do. O’Connor states, “Mrs. Turpin felt an awful pity for the girl, though she thought it was one thing to be ugly and another to act ugly” (O’Connor 266). Mrs. Turpin judged the girl by the scowls she was giving her. The girl ultimately gets strikingly mad and throws a book at her hitting Mrs. Turpin in the eye. The girl told Mrs. Turpin to “go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog” (O’Connor 272). The use of allegories in the girl is that she is the devil herself. The way she looks at Mrs. Turpin allows the girl to get into Mrs. Turpin’s mind and control her thoughts. She caused Mrs. Turpin think about judging people by the way they look. The others in the doctor’s office symbolize the devil’s workers who help judge with Mrs. Turpin. The devil is symbolized and exhibited in an allegory method due to the arbitrary …show more content…
Hawthorne presents Goodman’s wife, Faith, as the first allegory in the story. She is an allegory of his faith and love that fills his heart. “My love and my Faith…of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest, forth and back again, must be done ‘twixt now and sunrise” (Hawthorne 245). Goodman had so much love for both his faith and his wife that he had to make the journey that his ancestors had taken. He will meet several people that will alter how he sees how he views himself and his peers. The forest he enters symbolizes darkness or evil. This is where he finds out the ones he trusts are nothing but evil. “But irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, the chaste and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice, and suspected even of horrid crimes” (Hawthorne 253). All of these people were there to participate in witchcraft. Goodman thought all of this people were so full of faith and trustworthy, but his perspective was inaccurate. This made him believe he was evil as well. While he was busy looking at everyone else, he then realized his own identity was changing. He too was becoming

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