Symbolism Of Young Goodman Brown

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The Fall of Goodman Brown Symbolism can be used in many different ways, all to serve the same purpose of having a deeper underlying meaning. The short story “Young Goodman Brown” contains a lot of symbolism as well as the use of double entendres. The research done will more thoroughly discuss what Hawthorne’s symbolism means, where it comes from, and why it is concluded in such a manner. Upon first glance, things seem easy to grasp and understand, but with a second take on the short story one can begin to see the double meaning of what Nathaniel Hawthorne is really trying to convey. Characters and setting play a huge role in bringing out the hidden messages left behind to us by Nathaniel Hawthorn. Brown’s character will be shortly discussed …show more content…
Considering the fact that this short story was written in a time when people believed that the forest was a forbidden place to go into, this is an extremely great choice of setting on behalf of Hawthorne. One would of course, not catch a holy man or a man of faith walking in the forest. One can imagine that anyone he meets in this forest would be of malicious intent or generally wicked. Bringing into light that Brown himself was walking into the forest on his own shows us that he has bad intentions and knows exactly what he is about to do. Even though Brown did not expect the devil to look so normal, he knew it was the devil from the beginning of the journey, as these were the plans he made. “Whether Goodman has ‘fallen’ or not is the question to help us interpret what ‘moral’ the epiphany may or may not reveal” (Bidney …show more content…
He goes and leaves his wife, feels bad about it, but doesn’t do anything to comfort her. He enters the forest, knowing he was going to have an arrangement with the devil, but later regrets it when he sees a bunch of familiar faces. He is basically the epitome of a hypocrite. “It’s easy to view his subsequent universal disgust with sinful humans as a projection of what he doesn’t want to admit he shares with them” (Bidney 82). When he sees people that he grew up with or just faces that he recognizes in general, he is in shock and is completely distraught that someone so holy, sweet, or innocent, would be in the forest. All of this judging of other people while he was out to do the same thing these people are doing or would be doing. Whether it was an illusion created by the devil or not, Brown will never forget this and hold everyone accountable for everything he

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