Symbolism can be define by the use of objects that represent an idea or qualities. In the story Young Goodman Brown, the staff that the fellow traveler carries can be taken as a symbol in the story. Young Goodman Brown stated that “the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent”(Kennedy, Dana 261). In the Holy Bible, the serpent is a symbolism of the devil and how the serpent led Eve to the curiosity of something unknown. Both in the Bible and in this story, the serpent is use as a symbol of evil. As well as in both stories, the characters lose their innocence by taking what is forbidden. If Goodman Brown had not taking the staff and continue traveling with the old man, then he would have probably not had his mind corrupted. However, not only the staff was a symbol in this story, but also Faith’s pink ribbons. The pink color represents innocence and the ribbons are a modest accessory that a woman can wear. At the begging of the story, the author introduces the pink ribbons several times leading the reader to the idea of Faith’s innocence. When the main character is in the middle of the f...
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...ng Goodman Brown presented the devil as a regular old man to justify himself for being in the forest. Either way, there is no specific nor valid information to indicate that what happened was just a dream or if it happened in real life. The reader has to make its conclusion about which is the true story. No matter what the conclusion is about who the “old man” is, the impact in Goodman Brown’ life has no two stories.
This story had a great impact to the audience since there were many unclear events. The symbolism and the themes that were used by the author leads the audience throughout the story to help the reader comprehend the “old man’s” character. The author’s childhood memories about the era in which he grew up in indicate that this story can have many interpretations and that everyone is acceptable according to the different writing styles that were utilized.
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