“Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself,” Rita Mae Brown once remarked. Temptation is all around, no matter where one might be, thus no use in going out and looking for it. For some, the enticement is so strong that it caused them to break away from the ties that once bond them to their up brings, such as faith, and for others, it can bring them even closer towards their faith. It is not a question of where or not one would be strong enough to deny the temptation in order to remain pure, but whether one’s faith is strong enough to go through the test that has been taking place since the very beginning when Adam and Eve were tempted in the Garden of Eden. Tone and symbolism throughout Nathaniel Hawthorn’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” and Flannery O’Connor’s passage, “Revelation” highlight the theme of deciphering the correlation between faith and temptation. For some, temptation can be seen as a good thing, bring them closer to their faith, for others, however, it can push their faith past a point of no return.
“Young Goodman Brown” is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The literary work entails a young man’s journey into the woods one night and stumbles upon a variety of people who will change his life forever, but not for the better. The overall tone for the passage is more skeptical in the beginning as Brown tries to figure out his stand on the subject of his puritan faith, however, the it shifts towards a more traffic tenor at the end as he lives with the consequences of his choices from the night in the woods when he decided to walk along side with the weary old traveler. Young Brown proclaims during his journey, “‘Faith! Faith!’ as if bewildered wretches were seeking he...
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...ptation from other courses can either allow for one to break away from the faith he or she had been closely connected to at one point or brings one closer to the faith occupied. For Young Goodman Brown, he allowed for the devil to get in the way between himself and his faith, corrupting his remaining life and eliminating the ability for him to see any good in the world around. For Mrs. Turpin, the saving grace helped her realize the way she had been treating others and viewing society was not the path to follow along, saving her from a world of loneliness and sorrow. It is the simple ability to know where or not to accept or deny the temptation to overtake one’s life, including his or her faith, to either make or break one’s life forever. A person can only ask themselves, which way they would honestly allow an onlooker’s temptation to sway or strengthen their faith.
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- “Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself,” Rita Mae Brown once remarked. Temptation is all around, no matter where one might be, there is no use in going out and looking for it. For some individuals, the enticement is so strong that it has caused them to break away from the ties that once bound them to their upbringing, such as faith, but for others, it has brought them even closer to their faith. There is no questioning whether or not one would be strong enough to deny the temptation in order to remain pure, but, rather one’s faith is strong enough to go through the test that has been taking place since the very beginning when Adam and Eve were tempted in the Garden of Eden.... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, Goodman]
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