The short story reveals a corrupt nature in the traveler which strongly resembles young Goodman Brown. Looking closer into how the traveler resembles Goodman Brown the story reveals a few key components. The traveler is in same stage of life, but he is fifty. It seems to be possible that this is an older version of young Goodman Brown. This could be his shadow archetype of his personality which he does not wish for other to see, but because he is alone it surfaces. This causes the reader to begin to question what is real in the story. The traveler has a dark and tempting behavior about him. The traveler possessed a wooden stick, which has a serpent carved into the staff. When applying knowledge of the Bible it seems as though the author meant the staff to represent the serpent from the Garden of Eden. The temptation to attend an evil meeting could be parallel to the serpent tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. The other alarming detail in the story was the old dame’s encounter with the traveler. The old dame seemed to recognize the traveler as the devil. One part of the story reads “The devil!’ screamed the pious old lady” “then Goody Cloyse knows her old friend?’ observed the traveler” (295). Her recognizing him as the dev...
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..., but the church too. Goodman Brown by the end of the story lost his way with the Church. He traveled to a ceremony to essentially renounce his faith and become part of the evil in the world. The church services no longer affected him in a positive way. The author explains Goodman Browns situation in church by stating that when the congregation sung he could not hear, for all he heard was sin filling his ears (302). The story leaves the reader with many unanswered questions.
The reader is left to believe that something inside Goodman Brown is pulling Goodman Brown to want to sin. The author appeals to the readers by using the darkness inside mankind. He forces the reader to form an analysis on their own life. On definitive conclusion is that in the case of Goodman Brown, darkness can infect a person and impact their life in a highly negative and unpredictable way.
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