Essay Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

1177 Words Feb 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Hunter LaFlesh
Professor Michael Walker
ENC 1101: College Composition
10 February 2015
Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown is a literary example of a moral allegory. The story of Young Goodman Brown is not simply the story of a man who leaves behind the path of righteousness to explore a more evil path, but moreover an example of just how weak public morality is. This underlying theme of weak morality that is brought about by blind faith is something that is the focal point of the story. Namely the fear of the wilderness, the weakness of public morality and the inevitable loss of innocence are used to explain the shortcoming of a blindly guided society. In the beginning of Young Goodman Brown the first thing that becomes quite evident is his nurtured and innate fear of the forest. The forest represents the wilderness and essentially all that is evil is assumed to reside within it. When Goodman Brown first starts his journey into the wilderness his path is described as a dark, gloomy, and blockaded by a multitude of trees and foliage overhead. The test goes on to intensify the affect of fear by explaining the doubt experience by travelers at what may lie behind the darkness or be hidden behind the trees. Goodman says “There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree…What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!” (Hawthorne) This quote from the text shows the very personal fear that Goodman Brown was experiencing just from walking the…

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