It is the purpose of this paper, which is in agreement with the conclusions of the latter, to show that Hawthorne 's method in Young Goodman Brown is that the full meaning cannot be determined by the story itself. Rather, the reader must be mindful of a trio of representative patterns which shows Brown 's subjective experience, there by showing that it is he rather than the world who is responsible for his loss in faith. We can never be sure about what actually happened in the forest, we can, however be certain not only of the nature and stages of Goodman Brown 's abandon hope but also of its cause. And all this can be worked out from the patterns.
For an understanding of what happens to Goodman Brown the reader should be conscious of three sets of representations. First, Faith, Brown 's wife, represents religious faith and faith in humankind; second, Brown 's journey into the forest represents an inward journey into the darkside inside himself and hopeless depths of his soul; third, the devil represents Brown 's evil, disbelieving side, which eventually believes that evil is the nature of human kind. The symbolism of the forest scenes is from the heart and love of Faith to the loss of faith, which involves misery and hopelessness. From the village of Salem which shows bel...
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...eart un holly, even if they are seen as righteous men, just as his family before him. until Faith herself falls from the pedestal of his mind.
What happens after Young Goodman Brown leaves the forest is clear Goodman Brown lived downcast and unhappy. The truths show that Brown found his way into the forest. Following the story, we ask what happened. I ponder if Hawthorne asks the same question himself not knowing the full meaning of his work.
We do know Goodman Brown left the soulless frontier to live his life distant and unhappy among the rest. We are sure from the trio of symbolistic patterns that Brown never escaped from the dark side of the forest, the force still lingers within. The reader sees a man who began to doubt the goodness of his own family, which led him to doubt benevolence of all men, until he found that ”Evil is the nature of mankind.”(54).
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