Loss Of A Goodman Brown Essay

723 Words Apr 25th, 2016 3 Pages
Loss of a Goodman In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a man sets out on a journey into the woods located in Salem Village. On this journey, Hawthorne shows that not everything is as though it seems. Nathaniel tries to show that even though someone may have a strong sense of faith with just a few distractions that could all be comprised in an instant second. Therefore, three main themes become known throughout the story: Faith, Sin, and Hypocrisy. First, Hawthorne shows that Goodman Brown has no other thought in his head, then that faith will lead him through anything. One major hint to knowing that he believes so deeply in faith is the fact that his wife’s name is Faith, and Hawthorne makes many references throughout the story of how Faith will fix everything. Before Mr. Brown leaves to go on this journey he tells his wife to “say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”, suggesting that if she just believes and has faith in a higher power that nothing can come to hurt her during the night. Nathaniel shows Goodman’s faith when he enters the forest and offered to turn around Brown rejects because Faith can lead him through all of the evilest obstacles that he may encounter. Another important part of showing the major role that Fatih plays is when Good man sees his wife and says how he would rather break his heart and die then to break poor Faith’s little heart. Next, Sin takes its toll on Goodman Brown.…

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