Symbolism Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's "Young Goodman Brown" symbolism directly contributes to the development of the story 's plot. Symbolism is used as a means to discover the actual truth about the characters. The author attempts to manifest the moral aspects of the society by utilizing symbols to support his points.
When analyzing an allegory like "Young Goodman Brown", the reader must realize that the story is in its entirety, a symbol. Hawthorne, through his writing is trying to express the (sometimes) contradicting aspects of the Puritan ideology. This is proven after discovering that Goodman 's father destroyed an Indian Village and his grandfather beat Quakers. By Hawthorne including acts of violence in his Puritan literature, he is revealing that the perfection thought to exist in a Puritan society is not so real. Not only past but also present characters contribute to this belief. In the forest, one sees how all those who are part of Goodman 's present also have a dark side to haunt them. I argue that it was a dream. However, Hawthorne was trying to demonstrate a larger picture. Whether through a dream or reality, it is clear that he wanted to challenge the so call Utopia of the Puritan society.
In many parts of the story the reader comes across symbols. Although some may be more lucid than others, one must focus on details in order to find more than the obvious. For example, the title "Young Goodman Brown" in itself holds major significance. It gives the reader a pretty…

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