The most prominent use of imagery and symbolism is in the way Hawthorne conveys his characters. Hawthorne begins his story with a religious allegory by introducing Young Goodman Brown's wife, who was “aptly named” Faith(Hawthorne 329). Hawthorne vividly describes Faith as having pink ribbons in her hair, and as a believer of God, to paint an image of innocence. In the beginning scene of the story, when Young Goodman Brown says goodbye to Faith, she parted ways with the final words of “then God bless you, and may you find all well, when yo...
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...If Young Goodman Brown would have remained faithful to his religion and God, like he was supposed to, he never would have found his wife at the devil's communion, and he never would have has lost his innocence of being a good Puritan.
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