Symbolism And Allegory : Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

1529 Words Nov 10th, 2014 7 Pages
Jennifer Tatum
English 1102
Professor Mary Boone
November 9, 2014
Symbolism and Allegory in Young Goodman Brown
There are many different instances of symbolism used through out the story. Many authors like to use symbolism to help the reader understand the story and the characters a lot better. Most notably the symbolism in this story helps the reader to visualize character types and plot. In the short story “Young Goodman Brown”, Nathaniel Hawthorne 's uses mystery and suspense to grip the attention of the reader. From the beginning to the end of the story, Hawthorne leads the reader into asking the question, "what does all of this witchcraft, religious studies, and the double-sided lifestyles of the characters actually mean?" When reading this story, a reader should not look at the suspense of the story but also take at deeper look at the many forms of symbolism Hawthorne uses in the short story. Hawthorne shows that a strong faith is the greatest asset of a man or woman, and when that faith is tempted, the aftermath of this can result in one to be filled with suspicion and hatred toward the rest of the world.
From the beginning of the story, Brown shows how strong his faith really is way before he enters the forest and sometimes during his journey down his dark path. Hawthorne uses Goodman Brown’s wife Faith, as a symbol of Goodman Brown’s faith throughout the story. The description of Faith shows how strong Goodman Brown 's faith really is: "And Faith, as the wife was…

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