Loss Of Faith In Young Goodman Brown And Answers

Good Essays
Experiencing great loss can leave families either torn apart or stronger than ever. “Answers,” a short story from “The Half-Mammals of Dixie,” by George Singleton and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne are two unforgettable stories that show how going through the loss of trust and faith can impact a person negatively or positively. In both stories, the readers learn how Goodman Brown, a character from “Young Goodman Brown,” and Ronnie and Alexis from “Answers,” handle the loss of trust and innocence; the stories provide unique symbols such as the woods and Job to reveal their sense of loss. In “Young Goodman Brown” and “Answers” the characters undergo the loss of trust and faith in their relationships, but they both persevere through …show more content…
In “Young Goodman Brown,” the woods symbolize the dark secrets within the forest. These secrets influence his mental state forever, causing him to feel isolated from his wife and community. This is displayed when the narrator says, “‘There is no good on earth; and sin is but name. Come, devil, for thee is the world given” (Hawthorne 104). The narrator implied how the woods are where Goodman Brown learns about the dark truth about nature, but it turns out he could not handle the truth because after he sees the true nature of people Mr. Brown loses his faith and trust in the woods. Job is a major symbol in “Answers” because Job is a character in the bible that loses everything, resulting in his struggle to trust God. Job represents Alexis and Ronnie's marriage dilemma because the couple is about to lose their connection, but they are determined to persevere through it by applying the Twenty Question game into their lives to restore the devastating loss in the marriage that causes them to be insecure around each other. Given these points, the reader is presented with a different view on life that suggests just because a person has strong morals and values does not mean they are strong enough to restore the loss of trust in his or her …show more content…
Young Goodman Brown is truly confident that he will never be influenced by the devil until his trust is challenged through multiple events in the forest. Joan D. Winslow, the profound author of “The Stranger Within: Two Stories by Oates and Hawthorne,” uncovers the truth by noting, “He awakens and affirms Brown’s doubt of others and his belief that he is irrevocably committed to evil.” In other words, the evil Mr. Brown encounters results in the loss of trust in his marriage because he learns evil is in everyone including his angelic wife. This dark truth causes Mr. Brown to view his surroundings negatively and leaves him at a point of no return. Alexis and Ronnie persevere through their marriage by accepting each other’s flaws. The narrator discloses this by saying, “‘We should stay together. I can feel it. I’m sorry that we came to this…” (Singleton 109). Ronnie comes to realize his mistakes in the marriage and take action by apologizing to Alexis and assures her that as long they are able to own up to their mistakes, they can overcome anything. In all, Brown is affected negatively by his experience because he refuses to accept the truth while Ronnie and Alexis have a positive outcome because they decide to take ownership of their

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    This knowledge damages his life to an incredible degree. His knowledge of his fellow villagers’ sins ruins Goodman Brown’s life, illustrating that sins do not only affect the sinner himself. The first sins that Goodman Brown becomes aware of in the woods are those of his ancestors. Before his walk in the woods, Brown believes that his family…

    • 1170 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Each event that happened in the story displayed Goodman Brown’s corruption and how it leads to his rejection of God. Brown showed his corruption through the start of his journey, events that happen in the woods and his life afterwards. The first person Goodman Brown meets is his wife faith, before he sets off on his journey into the woods. Faith begs Goodman Brown not go into the woods.…

    • 822 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Brown was deep in the forest at dusk this represents the devil getting a person at a depressing point in life. Brown had to be upset and lonely, when these are combined it is easier for evil thoughts to come in the head. “It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude.” The devil tries to incorporate new beliefs in Brown’s head when he is lonely and the devil will try to do that in unexpected ways. Brown said, “Faith kept me back” (1070). The only thing that was holding him back is Faith, the devil knew that Faith was important to Brown so the devil, with a twisted staff, made with it hard for Brown to turn around.…

    • 1798 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Steinbeck takes the roles of these characters to the ultimate degree with the multiple tragedies in the novel. Lennie and George’s reality is set in stone with the death of Lennie; George comes to realize that the dream of their farm, will never happen. George deeply makes a connections with Lennie as it pains him without Lennie by his side. Once Lennie is dead George can still pursue the dream of the farm with Candy, However, George does not continue the dream that they had with each other. Instead, he will have to deal with the cruel and unsettling fact that he killed his best friend.…

    • 1836 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The characters in the ritual are people Goodman Brown thought would never be there because they were so close to God. Seeing the people he has believed to be good leads him to plunge into greater depths of temptation. The guide is also an important character in the story because he symbolizes the Devil. The…

    • 1107 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    On his journey through the forest, Brown sees people he knows and does not understand what they are doing in the forest. Goodman Brown is constantly battling with himself because he wants to believe everything he experienced was true. Continuing through the forest he experiences and sees people he knows being crazy. At the time, the story is written the Christian belief is great among the people, they have nothing else to follow. Hawthorne uses symbolism to hide the real message of the story, in which Brown is slowly losing his faith in his beliefs.…

    • 1704 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    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…

    • 791 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    These decisions alter the protagonist lives permanently changing their views on humanity. The guide leading Brown on his journey takes him deeper into the heart of the forest, so that he may discover what the world truly is. Toward the end of Brown’s journey he realizes,“The road [was growing] wilder and drearier and more faintly traced, and [vanishing] at length, leaving him in the heart of the dark wilderness… ” (Hawthorne 8). At the start of the story, the path was straight and narrow, a representation of the Puritan journey of life. Now, as Brown realizes the cruel truth about humanity which is full of sin and flaws.…

    • 1125 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Young Goodman Brown

    • 1814 Words
    • 7 Pages

    However, things begin to turn for the worse when Goodman Brown grows tired in the woods and feels as though he must not go on due to the evil he has already seen in the woods. Goodman Brown begins to question, “Is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith, and go after her?” (Hawthorne 265). When Goodman Brown begins to question this, it was soon after seeing Goody Cloyse disappear with the serpentine staff that had “assumed life” (Hawthorne 264). He begins to wonder if there is good in the world and if what he had known in the town was false. If he were to quit his dear Faith he would be giving up on his quest and subsequently on his faith in the Lord for allowing an abomination as such to occur as he seeks out the horrible truth in the woods that Goody Cloyse would lead him to.…

    • 1814 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The characters of Faith and the old man who started off as one thing but became another over time doomed Brown as a hero before he had even started his journey. Watching people, he thought were good and learning that this was not the case crushed his faith and perception of reality exposing his weakness as a character. Goodman Brown’s journey into the woods with Satan symbolizes the decent into hell as it strips him of his faith and fills him with eternal fear making him the victim of the devil. During the journey deeper into the woods he lost his strength of character that made him a hero. He essentially though his fear, panic and lack of faith let the darkness into his own soul.…

    • 1251 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays