The Darkness Of Humanity And The Journey Essay

1251 Words May 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorn’s short story is a tragic tale of the darkness of humanity and the journey though that darkness. This essay will explore what makes a hero and what makes a victim. It will be covering how much characters change during a story and how they are not always as they seem. This essay will show the effects of Brown’s journey through the woods and how it changes him from a hero to a victim. Lastly, the essay will delve into how the loss of Goodman Brown’s faith, hope and his disillusionment of his world would greatly effect and scar the remainder of his life. The story of Young Goodman Brown, from the characters to his journey, show how this is a story of a victim and not that of a hero.
The characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story of a perceived hero are vital in understanding this piece of literature. The three major characters that most influenced the story were Young Goodman Brown, his wife Faith and the old man. Faith was a young puritan who wore ribbons in her hair, portraying the image of innocence, yet she also had her own secrets. Faith was a major character and very much a symbolic character of how society has both a light and a dark side. She acted pure of heart but by the end of the story the audience see’s that she was a part of the orgy in the woods and was not what she seemed. The old man is a dynamic character. At first he seems like a normal man but as the story progresses he is shown to possibly be the devil. The old man possibly Satan was the…

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