The Influence of Society on the Young Goodman Brown Essay example
From the beginning of Hawthorne’s story a …show more content…
At the start of his trip it never occurs to Goodman Brown that his fellow men are sinners and that he may meet them along the way. “There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree” (184) is all he suspects at first. Therefore, when he begins to spot them one after another he begins to lose his mind. How could these people, so full of piety, be worshipping the ways of the devil? Is that not the same woman who taught him his catechism? Is that not the minister and the Deacon in whose words the people place so much trust and faith? Each person he meets lures him deeper into the realms of the forest and confuses him so much that he forgets he is trying to leave the place.
There is a mysterious aura around the area that places Young Goodman Brown in a trance where, despite the presence of faith, he unconsciously continues walking. He even stays when Goody Close screams “The Devil” (187) as the dark figure touches her with his staff. Society has only shown Goodman Brown of the religious way of life so that now this sinning dumbfounds him.