Allegoticism In Young Goodman Brown

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Intro: “We have been a race of honest men and good Christians…”(Hawthorne, pg. 388). In Salem, Massachusetts evil was found everywhere; therefore, many good Puritans fell through the evil of witchcraft. This concept is found in the short story of “Young Goodman Brown”, where the readers are introduced to a innocent and pure couple who are all about religion and against any evil worshippers. Faith and Goodman Brown will face a diabolic journey to hell, and fight against the will of evil which is nearly impossible for everyone in town has walked through sin.I am writing about Young Goodman Brown because I am trying to show you how Hawthorne relies on Faith, the old man, and young Goodman Brown to illustrate the evil in nature.

1st paragraph: Faith plays an important role that functions a an allegorical figure throughout Goodman
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In the story he is an allegory for evil/devil. As mentioned before, the old man speaks to young Goodman Brown as if he already knew him. In addition, he knows about Brown’s family; his father and grandfather (pg. 338). Furthermore, this old man knows about Goody Cloyse, the catechism teacher; the minister, the Deacon, and many other good Christians known in town. Goodman Brown even had the opportunity to see it for himself, as he sees Goody Cloyse calling the old man “[my] old friend”, “the devil” (pg 389). This was the old man’s hope to convince Goodman Brown that even good Christians are capable of being part of evil (pg. 390). The old man will not stop until he makes Goodman Brown fall into temptation, so he throws his staff for Brown to use and [magically] disappears (pg. 390). It is also mentioned that the old man’s staff “bore the likeness of a great black snake,” which symbolize evil as well (pg. 388). In this case, the devil may not be with him at the moment, but the old man was well planned to surround Goodman Brown with evil, the
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