Brown’s long and winding journey through the forest, for example, represents his struggle between his conscious and subconscious. Brown meets the devil at a fork in the road that symbolizes the paths to heaven or hell. Obviously with the devil at his side, Brown took the latter. The story begins in Brown’s village. The village is a traditional Puritan background: pure, innocent, and god-fearing, which can also illustrate Brown’s conscious.
In 'Young Goodman Brown,'; Hawthorne makes the reader believe that Goodman Brown has learned that truth about the world and how evil it really is. In the story the accounts of Goodman Brown let you believe that he has truly seen the evil in the world and knows what lurks behind everybody masks. He makes you realize that even though the person may look holy and religious that evilness is all around us and most people will never ever find out the truth. The character Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne finds many issues of evil concerning the town's people in which he lives, about himself, and the reality behind the evil. In the story 'Young Goodman Brown'; Goodman Brown learns about evil in the towns people and how what he thought was the truth is really not.
Banished from the Puritan society for committing adultery, Hester Prynne is considered an outcast, “outlawed from society”(189). With her illegitimate daughter Pearl, Prynne moves with her daughter to the outskirts of the community at the mouth of the forest. It is there in their own secluded life that they are free, not subjected to the regular ridicule and embarrassment that they usually experience in their strict Puritan town. Unknown to the town was the identity of Pearl’s father, Arthur Dimmesdale, who was both a respected and revered reverend and “the head of the [Puritan] social system”(189). Their “sin of passion” (190) caused him to believe that his soul was “irrevocably doomed” (189) causing him to commit self inflicted punishments.
The deep, dark forest in the puritan town represents the internal evil of the villagers. The forest is viewed as mysterious, unknown and inhabited by the devil, while the town is pleasant safe and where his wife, "Faith," is. During Goodman Brown's walk through the "dark forest," he sees and learns that many of his mentors and relatives have chosen the path of evil. The forest is where all the respectable people of the town go to vent their evil while outside of the forest, they seem like they are pure and good. Hawthorne adds to the symbolism by personifying the trees "which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through" as Brown "walks alongside a dreary road."
Secondly, the forest is the setting for where Dimmesdale and Hester secretly meet to discuss their plans about fleeing back to England. This is another setting where a plot of evil happens within the forest. Also, the forest is where the Black Man resides. The book keeps bringing up the Black Man, which can be looked at as ultimately the Devil. The Devil is most of the time considered on the of the atrocious evils in biblical terms, and the Black Man being in the forest aids in the theme of the nature of
Just like today, he is tempted by those around him; like his grandfather, his father, his wife, and mainly, the devil himself. Goodman Brown is tempted many times to choose evil during his journey through the forest. Goodman Brown is first tempted by evil when the old man, who symbolizes the devil, tells him that his father and grandfather had once taken this same journey. This influences his choice to continue the journey. We sometimes choose to do things that we know are wrong because others are doing it.
This pressure to adhere to numerous strict rules was metaphorically compared to a difficult journey down a narrow, winding road in the forest with little light. The Puritanical way of life curbed deviant behavior and is a justification for Hester's sin because every so often, everyone strays from the path but it the reaction to the wrongdoings that should be defining and Hester remained strong and took the consequences. Another main idea within the Puritan community was the disallowance of toleration. They did not tolerate any behavior outside their ideals and laws because it broke the uniformity of the religion. Again, Hawthorne uses the metaphor of a road to portray this idea within the Puritan society.
The forest hid these aspects of Hester from the Puritans, and allowed for lots of freedom. Which made it evil to the Puritan people. For Dimmesdale the forest was a place where he could get away from the Puritans. In the forest he commited many things that would be consider very evil by the Puritans. The forest let him express his true quilt anou the letter.
Having such a postive name brings upon faith amongst many cultures and religions. All in All mr.brown entering the forest was one of the worst decision he made in his life. As the reuslt of entering the forest he trust was gone from everyone he knew because meeting the devil made him see everyone he encouter as evil. Futhermore he didnt trust his wife who he been married to for three months because he walked away from her as she greeted him back from the forest with open arms. Even more giving up all his faith to the devil becuase he questioned his faith from the strange thing that were taking place inside the woods.
Young Goodman Brown In the story of Young Goodman Brown the main character finds much more then he imagined by venturing into the forest. Leaving from the town of Salem, Massachusetts, Young Goodman Brown travels into the forest to confront and conquer the temptations of evil. However, the artistry of this story lies in what Goodman Brown finds, realizes, and becomes. In “Young Goodman Brown” the main character goes through a period of self-realization, and; ironically comes to harbor the evil he fears so much. The time period in which the story is set contributes heavily to the irony of the events.