The Theme Of Faith In Humanity In Young Goodman Brown

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Faith in Humanity Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” is about a man named Goodman Brown, whose faith and creeds are put to the test by evil, wickedness and corruption in the society. Goodman Brown, the man of faith loses his trust in humanity after he realizes that the world is surrounded by evil and every human being has a devil residing inside them. Hawthorne captures his reader’s interest by creating mystery and suspense in the story. Through his story, Hawthorne stresses that humanity is flawed by corruption as people tend to choose evil over good, resulting in frustration, disbelief, and fear. The protagonist of the story is a proud Puritan, Goodman Brown, who goes on a voyage of self-discovery; a voyage to prove …show more content…
Hawthorne uses the name of the protagonist, “Young Goodman Brown” as a symbol. “Young” symbolizes innocence and inexperience, while “Goodman” symbolizes a man of honor who is well respected and admired within the society. Overall, Goodman Brown’s character symbolizes the mankind. Moreover, Hawthorne employs the name of Brown’s wife, Faith, as a symbol of Brown’s own faith and trust in his religion. Additionally, Faith is compared to a “blessed angel on earth,” who represents purity and serves as a proxy for Brown’s religion (Hawthorne …show more content…
Brown is shocked to learn that she too is the follower of the devil and in fact is a witch. Brown’s discovery about the upright and respectable woman who has plunged into sin makes him question his own faith as he says, “Is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith and go after her” (1126). He is troubled that the woman who taught him bible, performs witchcraft and attends black Sabbath in the forest. With his religious conviction dwindling, Brown tries to maintain his faith, but the deeper he goes into the forest, the deeper the temptations grow. Brown’s faith weakens further when he sees the minister and Deacon Gookin, who in the society preach about the kingdom of God, but in reality they sit with the devil and drink “the communion wine” (1124). The minister and Deacon Gookin symbolize law-abiding individuals who Brown believes to hold complete faith in God and their inability to be influenced by the devil. Moreover, the minister and Deacon Gookin are the ones from whom Brown seeks spiritual guidance to maintain his Puritan faith to do the unrighteous things. After this occurrence, Brown is assured that every honorable individual from Salem is corrupted by evil as they selected to walk in the darkness of

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