The Importance Of Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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There has always been a battles between right and wrong, good versus evil, and God versus the devil. In all battles faith is a key element used in order to win. In Nathaniel Hawthorne story, “ Young Goodman Brown” there were various occasion that show those battles. In this story the setting, the old man who is devil, and the believers of God had a tremendous impact on the battles Goodman Brown was going to face. When Goodman Brown goes into the forest it causes him to forever distrust the towns’ people and his wife physical and metaphorically losing his faith. The story is set in the forest, and while Goodman Brown is there he has to decide whether to continue his path with the man, who was referred to as the devil by Goody Cloyse, or to …show more content…
In this story, the devil represents worldliness. Since Goodman Brown is a Puritan, he has to deal with an everyday battle of godliness and worldliness. Many times, Christians try to justify things they know is not godly. For example, “With excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose” (pg. 168). He knew that going into the forest that he was going to conduct evil business with the devil which led him to lose his faith During the moment that he had decided to go back and be with Faith and stand firm against the devil is when he heard a woman’s voice (174). On page 175, “Faith! shouted Goodman Brown, in a voice of agony and desperation; and the echoes of the forest mocked him…” This shows how the devil will taunt, tease, and will distract a person from a goal that a person set for themselves because he wants to make sure they fail, as well as their …show more content…
Since many of the believers do not abide by the word of God many followers or other people that want to be in good standing with God lose faith because of the things they see believers doing. While Goodman Brown is walking with the devil he talks about how he is not sure on whether he should be the first in his family to take this unrighteous path, and spoil his family’s good Christian name (pg.170). As he paused the devil then tells him how well acquainted he is with Goodman Brown’s family; such as helping his grandfather and his father do some harmful and cruel things (pg.170). Goodman Brown made the right decision by stating that he would not remain on the journey. He takes a minute to reflect on the decision he made and was happy because he was now able to face the minister and Decan Goodkin without guilt, but he then heard their voices approaching and was in disbelief. These particular people are the ones that have effect on their listeners and attending that communion caused Goodman to lose faith. Nathaniel Hawthorne clearly creates a metaphorically realistic situations is understood by from different aspects of this story. Therefore, the battles the Goodman Brown had to face with the setting of the forest, the old man and his demonic ways, and the people of faith that are meant to tell people about the gospel to help safe them; all are metaphors of how the world works and

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