Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a story with many hidden messages. In this story a man named Young Goodman Brown ventures on a journey into a dark forest. Throughout his journey he meets the devil and see’s the true reality of the people around him including his wife Faith. Many critics have argued the true meaning of Young Goodman Brown. In the first article, Allegory and symbolism in Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown, Zhu Xian-chun argues the true meaning of the names of the characters, the forest, the pink ribbons, and the forest journey itself. He explains the deep hidden messages in each of those topics. In the second article, Lachrymal imagery in Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown, Easterley, Joan Elizabeth argues the maturity of Young Goodman Brown, from his lack of compassion and remorse. Finally, in the third article, Young Goodman Brown: The Goodman, Apseloff, Stanford and Apseloff, Marilyn argues the true meaning of the word “Goodman.” They explain the link between the word “Goodman” and the devil. Various interpretations of the story exist, but it is up to us to determine if they make sense. In the first article, Allegory and symbolism in Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown, Zhu Xian-chun argues the true meaning of the names of the characters, the forest, the pink ribbon, and the journey into the forest. Zhu Xian-chun explains that “Goodman is a commonplace honorific for persons below the class of Gentleman” (Zhu). But…

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