Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essays

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“Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of many tales about the struggle of choosing between good and evil. Throughout the story, Brown ventures towards an evil ceremony, where a large crowd plans to welcome him into their sinful group. Shockingly, Brown discovers that even those he admired the most were headed towards the same evil ceremony to join the gathering crowd. It is only through Hawthorne’s use of symbols and inference can we begin to understand the crowd gathered for the evil rite. For example, Hawthorne creatively uses color as a method of revealing the dispositions of Goodman Brown, Faith, and the Devil in order to infer the natures of those minor characters homogeneously described using black and red.
Hawthorne named his leading character “Goodman Brown,” which is seemingly apt, for just as the color brown seems to dance on the line between lightness and darkness, so does our protagonist. That is to say, that Goodman Brown is inexplicably attracted to evil, yet once he comes in contact with evil, he shies away, culminating to create an indecisive character, thus generating the idea of his “brown” disposition. Initially, Brown seems to be nothing more than a happy newlywed, until Hawthorne unexpectedly twists the story, and Brown leaves his new wife, Faith, with the intention of participating in an evil ritual. Any guilt Brown feels in beginning his journey is quelled by thoughts Faith’s virtue, which he believes will secure him a place in heaven,…

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