Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown And The Minsters Black Veil

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is most known for his short stories with the common theme of sin. Hawthorne used sin as a theme in both of the short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minsters Black Veil”. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Hawthorne shows sin throughout the whole story. Hawthorne especially illustrated sin by Brown going deeper into the forest. Hawthorne also illustrated sin in “The Ministers Black Veil”; though it is secret sin, the theme is still obvious. It is made obvious with the black veil over Hooper’s face. An analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing reveals he has a strong understanding of secret sin.
First, in most of Hawthorne’s literary works he illustrates sin. There is many ways sin is shown in “Young Goodman Brown”. The members in his society, including him, burry their emotional lives because they feel if they relax the reins on their passions they will receive sinful feelings (Isolation 12). This is translated to if they relax and do as they please they would sin so they must keep a close watch on their actions. Later, Hawthorne symbolically shows the reader sin by Goodman Brown going deeper in to the forest he is going deeper into sin and evil (Isolation 13). For Example, it is said “Whither, then, could these holy men be journeying so deep into the heathen wilderness?” (Meyer384). Browns advice to Faith about refusal to sin later in the story seems natural but Brown has a sinful nature (Isolation13). Goodman Brown says to his wife Faith “look up to the…

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