Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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Young Goodman Brown symbolism
"Young Goodman Brown" is a short story published by American Romanticism writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1835. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts around the early 1690’s ("Hawthorne, Nathaniel." 1). He tries to addresses the Calvinist or Puritan belief which humanity exists of people are in a state of depravity ("Hawthorne, Nathaniel." 1). Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts ("Hawthorne, Nathaniel." 1). His grandfather, John Hathorne, was famous because he was one of the three judges during the Salem Witch Trials ("Hawthorne, Nathaniel." 1). When Nathaniel Hawthorne was around twenty, he wanted to distinguish from his family, so he added the “w” to his own name. ("The 'W ' in Hawthorne 's Name" 1). In addition, Hawthorne is a person who resists Romanticism because he believes human are imperfect. In "Young Goodman Brown", he reflects a shadowy resistance due to the Salem Witch Trials (Murrin 15). Thus, he uses Young Goodman Brown 's journey into self-scrutiny, and he can result in his loss of faith and belief. Nathaniel Hawthorne used symbolism to reinforce the view of evil human nature from the Brown’s experiences in the forest.
Nathaniel Hawthorne carefully selects the names for every character, and each represents a meaning relating to the person. The first example of symbolism is “Goodman,” which symbolizes the person that he is around the town. According to D. M. McKeitha, Brown “is everyman of average…

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