Faith Role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown

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Faith plays a major role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”. From the start of his journey to his arrival back home, Faith is always in the back of head, making him question his surroundings and own thoughts. It’s hard to determine when he’s speaking of his lovely wife Faith or his Faith in his God and religion. Through his many Young Goodman Brown’s journey begins with his departure from Faith, for he must “tarry away from thee.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne 1289) Could it be that he is questioning his very own Faith/religion and must test it on this very night? Or is Young Goodman simply leaving his wife Faith, unaware of what lies ahead of him? I personally believe Young Goodman Brown is simply saying his farewells with his wife of only three months. Shortly after his departure with Faith, Young Goodman Brown feels guilt for leaving her but promises that he shall “cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven”. (Hawthorne 1289) Cling to her skirts and following his “blessed angel on earth” (Hawthorne 1289) can refer to following every belief in God tha...
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