The story’s beginning in Salem, Massachusetts was at sunset, which served as a representation of evil. Goodman Brown, was portrayed as a good man, and his wife Faith, was also good. They argued if Brown should stay safely at home or venture into the unknown dangers of the forest at night. Brown was determined to make the journey, which symbolized through by his actions, a strong sense of his faith in God. His wife “Faith”, however, asked him to stay, as if she was attempting to keep him from seeing the truth, and although it was tempting, Brown knew his destiny lay ahead in the forest and it was an event he could not miss. (76)
Hawthorne does not mention other characters at the beginning of the journey. Only Young Goodman Brown and the devil were present in the forest. Disguised as an old man, was the devil himself. A solitary elderly man may seem harmless, but the walking stick he possessed writhed in his hand as if it were a snake, which was another sign of evil. ...
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...attempt to corrupt his faith and the faithful, but when tested could he make him question the works of the Almighty.
Judging from the book and other sources that I have read, Hawthorne made it clear that he has had past experiences questioning his belief in God and he showed how easily it happened to a young and faithful, Young John Brown. His life experiences, though often unpredictable, tended to create what was certain to be a more skeptical and cautious man. He revealed it by making obvious statements and giving simple hints that the reader could grasp. In this story, he possessed a strong sense of characterization, setting and plot that allowed the reader to comprehend the hidden messages. He wanted the reader to understand how the devil can and has potentially influenced the people we know and love and how he can alter one 's own personal beliefs as well.
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