While in the story he is talking about Faith, his wife, but allegorically, the author is showing us that Brown has lost his faith in man because he gives up the world to the devil.As he yells “Faith! Faith! Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One!" (CITE). Young Goodman Brown attempts not only to save his wife, but his attempt to save his inner faith and look for something blessed to cling to.
This is signified by the statement, "Well; she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one ... ... middle of paper ... ...s, "Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked one!" When Brown arrives back in Salem, he is a changed man. He has retained the knowledge of the sinful state of mankind, and he readily sees the hypocrisy of the so-called Christians around him. Unfortunately, Goodman Brown truly has lost his faith. Though his wife appears unchanged and wishes to welcome him with open, loving arms Brown rejects her.
Initially, his wife, Faith, begs him to stay, and Brown patronizingly soothes her only to discover her as one of the devil’s converts. Ultimately, Brown holds Faith most culpable for his disillusion with the supposed elect of his community. When Brown sets out on his journey, Faith confesses her fears to Brown as she attempts to convince Brown to stay home. She explains, “A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts, that she’s afeard of herself” (133). The prospect of an evening of isolation causes Faith to be anxious; the loss of her husband’s companionship deprives her of a predictable world, but her discomfort is of no concern to Brown.
The audience is surprised to find out that God forgives and lets her go to Heaven with her family. The readers are passing judgment along with the Misfit and believe that because she cannot justify her sins; she should go to Hell. By using this plot twist the author shows how society has sinned similar to the Grandmother, yet how they can still be saved. In the journey from life to death, the Grandma’s sins or tragic flaws of Greed, Pride, and Sloth eventually lead to her downfall; however, she sees Jesus and comes to believe in God and continues on to Heaven. Her definition of good along with her egoistical and manipulative nature begins to lead her to her destruction.
Young Goodman Brown is an example of what can happen to someone who loses faith, because without faith in mankind we will live our lives in gloom. Young Goodman Brown a religious puritan, and his newlywed wife faith are both portrayed as being doubtful and naive. He starts his journey by encountering his wife Faith, who doubtful of his nights journey tries to persuade him into staying home. Naively she allows him to proceed on after Brown criticizes her dubious remarks. She replies by saying " then God bless you!...
In fact, for leaving Faith in the beginning of the story, he abdicates all his hope in God and the good of people.Even though Brown was ready for his venture with the devil, his faith in God holds him back, contemplating where he should go through with it or not. Goodman Brown is relying on his wife to redeem him after he arrives from his journey with the devil. Without his wife, Faith, Goodman Brown believes in nothing, his faith relies upon her, “She's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven” (Hawthorne 330). The first person who appointed flaws in God was a fellow traveler who had a staff in the shape of a serpent. Symbolizing the presence of evil, which can lead to chaos and destruction (Laurie Anne Jacobs).
In the beginning, when Brown first leaves her behind, she tells him "God bless you" and "may you find all well when you return." Faith is about to be deserted for this meeting with evil in the woods. In Biblical terms, if you leave your faith behind, you may not find things the same when you try and come back to it. Brown also tells his evil partner "Faith kept me back awhile." Brown had to talk himself into meeting this person saying that after this one meeting he will follow faith to Heaven.
faith to reject fate. Therefore, she detaches herself from her strong affection for “Elizabeth,” and accepts the reality that God has taken her to “everlasting state.” The speaker compares the death of the child to nature: “corn and grass are in their season mown” (10) to reveal her sadness that her child does not live long as it is common in the natural order. But the speaker concludes with comfort in her faith that it is in “His [God’s] hand alone that Guides nature and fate” (14). When Bradstreet’s next grandchild, Anne, passed away, she was unable to resist it. She lost her control and become disappointed.
He continues walking to his destination and says, "Well; she is a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven." Goodman Brown believes Faith will help him recover from his negative views when he returns home, he knows she will help him recover from his visit with the traveler. In the second section young Goodman Brown starts to question is faith. After he ventures far from home he encounters the traveler and says, "Faith kept me back awhile." This pun is important because it represents his wife and ... ... middle of paper ... ...man Brown."
In the story of young Goodman brown the Author of the story, Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses symbolic characters that represent life. In the story, Young Goodman Brown goes into a journey into the cold, dark, and lonely forest. Faith, his wife is rejected by young Goodman brown when she asks him to stay with her that night and to forget about the journey. Young Goodman Brown tells her that she will be all right without him and that he has to go into that journey. This is an image of what many people do, if not all people.