Good and evil are two entities universally present throughout all stories and lives. Both have been subject of numerous discussions; many of which inquiring as to why they exist and to what purpose they serve. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story Young Goodman Brown, Brown embarks on a journey into himself and all humankind. What he discovers is life altering as it deconstructs all he has ever known. He is no longer capable of looking at the world in a hopeful manner and becomes distraught contrary to The Misfit in Flannery O 'connor 's short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find who accepts a painful truth.
The thoughts of his encounter were too vivid to get out of his mind that be became a gloomy man. Never again will he be the same. If you have no one any longer to belive in its hard to resist evil sin. The symbols of this story help lead to the point of how isolated he made himself at the end of his life with because he sees the same traits in them as he sees in himself, because he also wanted to meet with the devil.
He goes from a prisoner of only what his society has shown him to a prisoner of the fate to live in it even after he learns it’s potential evilness. By not succumbing to the sinfulness of his journey, Young Goodman Brown in turn succumbs to the struggle within his mind. He is trapped by taunting thoughts and allows his life to be guided by the confusion that has caused him to forever question reality. Works Cited Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Young Goodman Brown.” Fantastic Tales: Random House, Inc.: New York: 1997.
Heathcliff is convinced that Hindley and Catherine are the reason for his loneliness and how he... ... middle of paper ... ...his is impossible to prevent. This leads to Mr. Heathcliff self destruction, because all of his life he has been looking for strategies to get revenge on those he hates. He does not want Wuthering Heights to be a haven, rather a purgatory. To his dismay he realizes his years of revenge, will not last all generations. Seeing how both families, the Linton and the Earnshaw's stand up for one another, Heathcliff understands that the one thing that kept him alive has now been defeated.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown,” the author uses danger and mystery to represent the struggle of good versus evil. Young Goodman Brown journeys into the night and comes to realize an unforgiving truth. Everyone is in danger of abandoning their faith or is inherently evil. Nathaniel Hawthorne has filled this story symbolism, after reading this story the reader may have questions about Young Goodman Browns’ determination to journey towards his evil purpose. Nathaniel Hawthorne implies strong faith can endure but when that faith is destroyed, what view does a person have towards mankind?
During his journey Young Goodman Brown found himself entangled within a web of moral controversy; this occurrence exposed his and society’s inner struggle with temptation and religious devotion. For the most part Young Goodman Brown found his downfall inevitable because although he chose good, evil seemed to prevail within his surroundings. He later declared, “"My Faith is gone!" cried he, after one stupefied moment. "There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name.
Others enveloped themselves in their daily routine, as if that would protect them from the spiral of death and destruction that they faced in their coming years. Some tried to appear normal, while inside they churned with neurotic loathing and self-despair. But a select few rebel spirits refused to accept fates assigned by computer projections and historical analysis - they sought to change the world before it was too late. Fortunately, such a situation has yet to occur. But William Faulkner suspects that man's essentially self-destructive nature will lead to ultimate doom, and has constructed the parable of the Compson family in The Sound and The Fury to illustrate how the human race will react to realizing their end.
And 'tis thy counsel that hath brought this sickness on our State” (Sophocles 1512). Blinded by his arrogance and pride, Creon avoided the warnings. In the beginning, the priest warned Creon about the consequences he would face when the God’s found out about his plan. Teiresias knew his downfall was imminent, yet she still tried to warn him about his actions. It is understandable to not listen to a stranger or acquaintances advice, but when family becomes involved that is completely different.
Young Goodman Brown was deeply in love with his wife, Faith, before he left. Once he encountered the event, he no longer saw Faith the same way he did before. “But Goodman Brown looked sternly and sadly into her face, and passed on without a greeting” (Hawthorne, 628). Usually when you love someone, you can always look past his or her flaws. Young Goodman Brown’s darkness took over his mind and made him overlook his own family.
After Faith asks Goodman not to depart that night, pleading, "pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year", he answers her saying , "my journey must be done." He then questions the sincerity of her "peculiar" plea asking whether she doubts him. Since when is it such a farfetched request for a wife to ask her husband for company on a given night? Does this request signify a lack of trust in her husband? If anything, it illustrates a lack of self confidence in himself as well as a lack of trust in her.