Young Goodman Brown And Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

1176 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Yassi Quon
Pd. 5
Dr. Kane
Young Goodman Brown and Connie take a journey throughout the short stories "Young Goodman Brown" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?". Both characters have a self-discovery on their journeys, they discover what their world is really like outside their imagination. Young Goodman Brown realizes that nothing is the way he thought and he loses his faith because he finds people he thought were good, such as his wife, Faith, and his minister, engaging with the devil. The people who were the most innocent and holy were sinning by turning over to the devil’s side. His realization is a journey in itself because a journey is when a character moves from one place to another, or changes themselves. Connie’s journey, is a journey from innocence to awareness of the evil in the world. She develops from a girl who looked at songs and movies as romantic idols to a woman who understands what the world is actually like. At first, she was a typical teenager who got annoyed with their parents and siblings and snuck away to meet friends. During her encounter with Arnold Friend, she matures and realizes that her family is very important and sacrifices herself for their safety. The “American journey” could be defined in many ways. However, in these two pieces of literature, it is the escape from reality and the journey to self-realization and discovery. The American short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”…

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