What Is The Symbolism In Young Goodman Brown

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Everyone has a side they don’t like anyone else to see, a side that’s not very likeable by others, so it’s hidden. “Young Goodman Brown”, shows that everyone has the potential for evil within. “Young Goodman Brown” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a short story that uses ambiguous symbolism and provocative imagery to reveal the dark side all people have within. Young Goodman Brown, never thought for a second that anyone he knew had an evil, or dark side. He always thought of his wife as a “blessed angel on earth” that will get him to heaven through her kindness and passion towards what she loved most, “God”. His adventure through the forest one night opens his eyes to his inner-self, and the dark sides of those he hasn’t realized before. …show more content…
"Prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night…Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year.” Faith asks Young Goodman Brown to stay with her as if she knew he would encounter the devil on his journey. By making him stay, she protects him from the awful truth he will have to face. Though, blindly he continues his journey to the dark woods that symbolizes the test of courage, endurance and strength Brown has within. On his journey through the forest, Brown realizes that he must return to his faith and Faith, though his curiosity for evil urges him to continue his journey. Taking the dark dreary road to the forest destroys Brown’s ability to trust anyone ever again including his …show more content…
The “pink ribbons” symbolize innocence, purity and youth, and her name, Faith, symbolizes Brown’s spirituality at the beginning of the story. As the story goes on, Faith becomes a symbol of her husband’s lost hope. When he says “My love and my Faith,” he is actually referring to his love and faith in God using Faith, his wife, as a symbol. Goodman Brown goes on to say “this one night I must tarry away from thee.” Using thee, he refers to his faith in God, so he means that he must turn away from his faith in God to carry on with his journey. Goodman Brown uses the excuse “Faith kept me back awhile” to explain why he is late. By saying that, he refers to God who was trying to stop him from making it to the forest by delaying him. When Brown finds Faith’s pink ribbons on the ground in the forest, he says “my faith is gone”. This line has more than one meaning, after having witness all the godly figures in his village turn to the devil, he thought of all the inhabitants as evil except his beloved Faith. The pink ribbons on the ground though have him thinking that the devil has gotten to his Faith as well. He was shocked to find out that Faith has a secret evil side, and so he thought if he cannot trust her then who can he trust? In order to keep himself sane he tells himself that the devil will not take hold of his own

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