Young Goodman Brown symbolizes the idea that man is inherently destined for evil. Throughout the story, Goodman Brown’s character transforms from a nice Puritan family man to a sad, miserable, cynical man who has severe disbelief in his own religion. From the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown is fated for wickedness. For example, even his purpose in the woods from the start is evil. Goodman Brown’s wife is his only salvation for Heaven, and once Faith is taken away from him, he finally recedes into his evil nature.
The “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a symbolic story of the possible of the evil in the human behavior. The author makes you believe that most advanced wicked person could do was knowingly weakness in his heart and care for others emotions and mortality. In the story, Young Goodman Brown commits this sin that will end up changing his life for the worse. The author however uses allegory to represents something else that’s going on in the story. Like a terrific journey that ended his relationship with Faith, because it didn’t finish just the way he planned.
Moss also says how young Dr.Jekyll’s sins are a result in Mr.Hyde evil actions in the novel. Also now Dr.Jekyll is ashamed of those actions(Moss 381). Mr.Utterson was forced to reflect deeply on how hard and low life is and how much evil lies of the root of religion, but he was forced to think about what lies at the foot of religion and sorrow(Stevenson
Brown’s fate at the end of the story characterize his acceptance of his wickedness because he doubts God’s sovereignty and sees nothing but corruption. Hawthorne effectively communicates that Brown fails the test of morality and emphasizes that the flaw of Puritans is indeed only to think about the
In the modern society lived in today, all too often do people justify his or her faults with the famous phrase, “I’m only human.” It is used to imply an idea of an inborn flaw of human character; thus, conveying a human weakness. This imaginary stain on the human condition is what the renowned Saint Augustine states is a product of original sin. The doctrine of original sin can be defined as the belief that “all of humanity is born with a built-in urge to do bad things… stemming from Adam and Eve's disobedience to God” (BBC). The traditional story as imprinted in the Christian Bible claims that original sin emerged in retaliation to Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit despite God’s clear commands, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (New International Version, Genesis 2:4-3:24) This friendship, or covenant, with God was then broken, marking a separation. From a theological standpoint, we are the children of our parents – Adam and Eve – who inherit this submission to sin.
Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309). It is evident that his attempt to distance himself from those figures of his past suggests that he criticizes the cold and inflexible Calvinistic theology of the Puritans, which was cruelly carried out by his ancestors. And although he sees their actions with contempt, he seem to carry psychological guilt for the "persecuting spirit" that transpired for more than one generation: "At all events, I, the present writer, as their representative, hereby take shame upon myself for their sakes, and pray that any curse incurred by them -as I have heard...may be now and henceforth removed" (1310). Therefore, in The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne criticizes Puritan theology as rigid and inflexible.
Many may contend that the novel’s main character, Grendel, is guilty of evil by virtue of his vile actions. However, Gardner’s description of Grendel’s resistance to evil impulses and capability of human emotions suggest that Grendel is simply responding to his environment. Furthermore, Gardner deftly accrues readers’ sympathies towards Grendel, making it difficult for the empathetic reader to condemn the monster ex officio. By forging connections between humanity and his protagonist, Gardner indicates that readers are equally as guilty of sin as Grendel. Through this implication, he insinuates that humans are unqualified to judge Grendel’s actions, and, perhaps, each other.
In the former, John Milton uses the devil to display how vanity and pride are the sins that halt us in an opportunity to live blissfully, with and under God. Philip Pullman, in his twist on Paradise Lost, The Golden Compass, claims that the original sin was the first, and most essential, step in human beings claiming their free will. He writes the devil (Lord Asriel) as a manipulative, selfish but ultimately admirable character. One who stands his ground and holds onto his beliefs with an intense passion. Milton’s Satan, on the other hand, comes off originally as charming, but slowly presents himself to be weak and unsure, and his ideals are eventually presented as a mask for his insatiable pride.
In Paul J. Hurley’s critical analyses Young Goodman Brown 's “Heart of Darkness.” In this analysis Hurley confronts other critics ideas head and supports the idea that the evil comes from the story 's protagonist. “...Insisting that Goodman Brown is misled by the Devil who conjures up apparitions to befuddle his innocent victim. The idea is comforting but not convincing. To take guilt away from human beings in order to place it on infernal powers is not a satisfactory explanation of the story... I believe the pervasive sense of evil in the story is not separate from or outside its protagonist; it is
It affected Brown very much. The story is often read as Hawthorne's condemnation of Puritan ideology, as it proposes that Puritan doctrine could strain so much doubt that believers were doomed to see evil-whether or not it truly existed-in themselves and especially in others. Within the short story of Young Goodman Brown, one can find evidence that collectiveness in communal life would be considered moral and that individualism would be considered unmoral in society. Eventually it becomes clear that a communalist life style is a necessary evil. Through Goodman Brown’s discovery of the corruptibility that results from Puritan society’s emphasis on public morality, one can piece together the idea that man is a social being and must be included in some type of community; whether the community itself is moral or unmoral.