Rhetorical Analysis Of ' Young Goodman Brown ' Essay

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A character in Young Goodman Brown played a key role without being the main character. Faith represents the stability of the home and the domestic sphere in the Puritan worldview. She appears to be the most pure-hearted person in the story and serves as a symbol for religious feeling throughout the short story. Faith plays a major part in foreshadowing, in symbolism, and in the falling action of the short story.
Foreshadowing and symbolism are hard to tell apart, but Faith in Young Goodman Brown act an essential symbol for foreshadowing events. One foreshadowing quote is, "Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”. This is said by Young Goodman Brown, but it brings up religion, telling her that she needs to say her prayers before Brown’s journey into the woods. This foreshadows an upcoming event that Brown will find that not all is well. This might have been because Faith did not say her prayers as her husband told her to. There is a lot that could have been reasons why Goodman Brown saw her in the woods at the meeting, but I believe that this is one major problem that caused the loss of Young Goodman Browns Faith in the town of Salem. Another act of foreshadowing is found as Young Goodman Brown starts to talk to himself about how his wife must be feeling about his journey overnight as he says, "What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought as she spoke there was trouble in her face, as if a…

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