Summary Of ' Young Goodman Brown ' Essay

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"Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Flannery O 'Connor both have characters who allow their lives to be changed by the threat of evil. A detour taken wreaks havoc on the family in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" whereas, the wrong path taken in "Young Goodman Brown" leads Brown to despair. Brown and the Grandmother have different attitudes and take separate approaches toward evil. However, they both eventually end up isolated from society. Evil exists in both stories as journeys are made down the wrong path. The symbolism in both stories represents lack of faith and death. Brown is a good example of how discovering the existence of evil brings one to view the world in a skeptical way. The loneliness and confusion Brown feels represents a life without God, allowing him to be deceived, and lead astray by Satan. This ultimately leaves Brown unable to escape the presence of evil. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the Grandmother perceives herself as a morally good character though her actions lead to the downfall of the family. According to O’Connor, educators often teach their students that the Grandmother is evil and that she is a witch. (O 'Connor) I disagree with this interpretation. The Misfit is an evil man who is a cold-blooded killer, which is brought on by his evil perceptions of people. Both stories illustrate how sacrilegious behavior is evil.
In Hawthorne 's "Young Goodman Brown", Brown 's wife, Faith, asks him not to leave…

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