Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

1340 Words Jan 4th, 2016 6 Pages
“Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an example of an allegory. Where everything in the text has a simple meaning, but is also symbolic. Which makes this piece of writing very enjoyable to read, but may need more than one read to properly understand the true meaning Hawthorne is trying to portray in his use of symbols. Young Goodman Brown is a very simple man. His last name is Brown, which was very common at this time this story took place. He is also very naive and innocent. He has a wife, whose name is Faith and they are newlyweds. Brown always mentions Faith when he is feeling doubtful and wants to return home. In the story “Young Goodman Brown,” the idea that though people may follow their temptations, ultimately a return to faith is the best option which is shown through the use of symbols.
Young Goodman Brown says his goodbyes to Faith, and leaves to the forests. There he is meets a traveller, his “companion” as Brown calls him and continues walking down the forest. Brown begins to come to a stop and the traveller offers Brown his staff, since he is so soon weary (Hawthorne 2). Brown rejects the offer and tries to resist the temptation of continuing this path with his fellow companion. The traveller calls Brown his “friend”, to reassure him and to persuade Brown to continue the path. The traveller notices Browns naivety and sees it as an opportunity to take advantage of Goodman Brown. Brown urges to resist the temptation and says “...it is now my purpose to…

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