Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown Has No Faith

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Goodman Brown has no Faith
The devil will try to get everyone’s soul and he will do it in a unexpected way because that way you will not see it coming and it is harder for you to say no. Every person has good in them too, but they will have to battle with the conflicts between right and wrong. In “Young Goodman Brown” Goodman Brown changed his faith and religious life when he enters the woods and the devil manipulates him to change his beliefs. There is good and evil in every person and it makes sense that a person has to fight with the devil so they can be good. In this story, “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the devil will try to manipulate Goodman Brown's beliefs, and his wife Faith will have to represent the goodness in Christian
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However, the devil appears to look like Brown’s dad, he thinks in his head, “what if the devil himself should be at my very elbow” (1070). Brown was afraid of the devil coming to find him. He repeatedly turned around and looked around to see if the devil was there, because he was paranoid. Brown knew that he was supposed to be meeting the devil in the woods, because he was supposed to go to the woods to meet the devil, but tells his wife that he is going on an errand. Brown was deep in the forest at dusk this represents the devil getting a person at a depressing point in life. Brown had to be upset and lonely, when these are combined it is easier for evil thoughts to come in the head. “It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude.” The devil tries to incorporate new beliefs in Brown’s head when he is lonely and the devil will try to do that in unexpected ways. Brown said, “Faith kept me back” (1070). The only thing that was holding him back is Faith, the devil knew that Faith was important to Brown so the devil, with a twisted staff, made with it hard for Brown to turn around. When Brown goes into the woods he is forever changed, his faith is shaken. The devil will try to conform Brown by giving him, his staff to be friends because he doesn’t want Brown to leave. If Brown takes the staff it is like Eve taking the fruit from the tree in the garden. His staff was a great black snake, …show more content…
The devil shows him the sins of the people close to him, then his eyes are open. “My father never went into the woods, … we have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of martyrs” (1071). Brown denies that he should be in the woods he argues that he should not be going alone with the devil because it is not what he wants or believes. The devil reassures Brown that he should be there by saying:
I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that's no trifle to say. 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. They were my good friends, both; and many a pleasant walk have we had along this path, and returned merrily after midnight. I would fain be friends with you, for their sake. (1071)
This calms Brown down for a while, now when he knows that the devil was friends with his grandfather and dad, it did not frighten Goodman Brown anymore to be in the woods with the

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