Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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Since the day man walked this earth, society has been thriving to please a greater force. Polytheism and monotheism, to Catholic or Lutheran, people have strived to please the unknown through rituals, obligations, and worship. Next formed agnosticism or atheism, and these groups became prevalent in society as people began to criticize these religions and their strict rules. Today, many artists, movie producers, and authors show these criticism through their works. One of these authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, has written the short story “Young Goodman Brown” conveying the message of criticism through satire. As Young Goodman Brown travels on a psychologically enlightening journey through Salem woods, Nathaniel Hawthorne brings light to the danger of gaining knowledge about the personal allure to sin in a devoutly religious society that requires naive followers.
Traveling along a dark path one evening, Young Goodman Brown’s overwhelming fear provokes wicked thoughts that reveal the manifestation of sin within him. Walking apprehensively through the secluded woods, Brown thinks to himself, “‘There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree’.... and he glanced fearfully behind him… ‘What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!’” (Hawthorne pg 1 ). Hawthorne’s diction allows the reader to better understand the amount of fear Brown is experiencing by choosing thoughts of the Devil and Indians -- the two most feared things in Brown’s culture. Often, when a person is…

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