Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

899 Words Oct 7th, 2016 4 Pages
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown” religion is called into question and faith is tested. Being a person of faith, or committing to a religion can be very problematical for men. One could only assume that like Young Goodman Brown, Hawthorne went through horrid events and questioned all that was around him. In the story we the readers see the way Brown is a “good man” a “man of faith” and a believer of Heaven. All men have doubts; in the story, Brown seems ignorant of this. The fall of Young Goodman Brown is due to his absence of faith, curiosity, and dependence on others in his faith.

At the beginning of the story, the reader can portray Young Goodman Brown as an honorable man of faith. As the reader continues the story Young Goodman Brown tells his wife Faith “this one night must I tarry away from thee…” (Hawthorne 1) meaning he was going somewhere he shouldn’t be since he never specifies his journey. In my perspective, it would convey the expression as if Goodman Brown is being forced to take such journey, but he then says, “My journey… must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise.” (Hawthorne 1) telling the reader he is taking this journey voluntarily and expects to be back in no time. He then goes through the forest which seems to be forbidden for people like him, or out of the ordinary to find such holy people in such a “dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest” (Hawthorne 2). Like any other man Goodman Brown is curious and…

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