Young Goodman Brown : Supporting Self- Guidance Essay

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"Young Goodman Brown” Supporting Self- Guidance “Young Goodman Brown” was written in 1835 by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne lived in the Puritan times when an individual coming up with his or her own ideas or actions was frowned upon. A person was expected to act along the terms of the bible. The theme of this story appears to be that it is important for a person to recognize what their instinct is trying to tell them because only that person knows what is best for them, not what others tell them, and to follow that instinct. If people act based on what others tell them to do when their instinct is telling them otherwise, bad decisions and regret can occur. Goodman Brown did not follow his instinct; he followed the orders of others, and bad things happened that caused consequences that changed his life forever. The Puritan children were told from a very young age that there would be no guarantee if they went to Heaven or not. They were told this from teachers, family, and the leaders of the church. It was explained that God only chose certain people to go to Heaven, but if someone was a chosen one and acted up, they would go to hell. Therefore, the children in the community had it engraved into their minds that they must behave according to the teachings of the Bible and their actions must not swerve away from the Puritan traditions, or they will go to hell. Because of these lectures, the children would carry those traditions out for the rest of their life.…

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