The word “grave” suggests the danger and seriousness of the journey. Soon the author persuades us that this man represents the devil in Goodman’s struggle with his beliefs. The man is willing to lead Goodman deep into the forest, or in other words, deep into sin. The man even addresses Brown telling him... ... middle of paper ... ... himself from the generations before; he cannot completely separate himself from his parent’s faith and culture without losing his own identity. Hawthorne displays vivid setting throughout “Young Goodman Brown” to help him deal with the insecurities concerning not only his character but also his own forefathers and his own faith.
Faith in Young Goodman Brown In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Hawthorne introduces Goodman Brown, who doubts himself and reiterates his false confidence to himself repeatedly. His struggle between the evil temptations, the devil, and the proper church abiding life, is a struggle he does not think he can handle. This story is about a man who challenges his faith in himself and in the community in which he resides. Goodman Brown must venture on a journey into the local forest, refuse the temptations of the devil, and return to the village before the sunrise. The story is set in the forest of Salem, Massachusetts, around the time of the witch trials.
"Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of a man that is tempted by evil. He discovers that sometimes evil triumphs over good, and this makes a dramatic impact on his future. Brown lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with his family and community after he meets with the devil, which causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community. "Young Goodman Brown" begins in the street at Salem village where Goodman Brown will soon leave to begin his journey. Faith, Brown's wife, does not want him to go on this journey as she says to him, “ ‘prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed tonight’ ” (Hawthorne 310-311).
The central idea of "Young Goodman Brown," is the conflict in Goodman Brown between joining the devil and remaining "good." It is a very difficult journey for Brown, as he travels through the woods, all the while thinking of the "good" things (like his wife Faith) he would be leaving behind. This internal conflict ultimately destroys the Young Goodman Brown and creates a new man. At the beginning of the story Goodman Brown sets out on his journey at sunset; to set out at sunset is symbolizing darkness, which in turn symbolizes evil, which begins the setting for the story of "Young Goodman Brown." As Brown is leaving he kisses his wife, Faith, goodbye; the name Faith is intentionally used to symbolize the faith in god that they both share and also what Brown is leaving behind to go on his journey.
Brown then accepts the staff that the devil offered him to help travel faster. “Brown calls out three times for Faith to come to his aid, and not until he sees a pink ribbon from Faith's cap that has fluttered down from the sky and caught on the branch of a tree does he abandon hope, crying “My Faith is gone.” (Levy) This symbolizes that not only is his wife gone but also his personal faith. He lost his faith when he accepted the devils staff. The story of Young Goodman Brown if full of symbolism. It symbolizes a common Puritan man that is strong in his faith.
Faith urges him to stay and not journey into the forest, but Goodman Brown reassures her by saying “Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”(cite) Goodman Brown believes his faith will help him overcome what the devil has to offer and while still maintaining his puritan faith. Puritans believe the forest to be inhabited by the devil and the woods in "Young Goodman Brown" are an obvious symbol of his journey into sin and darkness. Even Goodman Brown supports this idea when he says to himself as he is walking along, "There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree... What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!" As Goodman Brown enters the forest he meets a traveler who is waiting there for ... ... middle of paper ... ...dman Brown cries out “My Faith is gone! There is no good on earth and sin is but a name.
He feels that he can do this sinful deed because he promised himself he would repent afterwards. When his companion, the devil, alerts him of his late arrival Brown replies, “Faith kept me back awhile” (Hawthorne 1). This can be taken as his faith to God delayed his meeting to the devil, but his pride allowed him to go. As he gets deeper into the forest, Goodman Brown’s faith begins to lessen. He doubts that he will be able to resist temptation.
Brown was quick to go on his foreboding quest, knowing what his meeting with the devil may lead to, and only when threatened and scared attempted to turn back to hold on to both Faith physically and psychologically. Whether his journey into the forest was an illusion or not, Brown’s perception of faith in society have been dramatically altered, as he may have lost all faith in humanity. brainyquote.com http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/williamgra401700.html
When Goodman Brown sees Faith’s pink ribbon caught on a branch in the forest, he loses it and his faith weakens. He cries, “My Faith is gone!” (Hawthorne 85). By saying this, Goodman Brown also means that his faith in God is gone along with his wife since his wife symbolizes his own faith. He goes on by saying, “There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given” (Hawthorne 85).
While Faith serves as a reason for Goodman Brown to want to flee from walking with the devil further into the forest, she is also the reason he continued on his way towards the Witches’ Sabbath. To clarify, after deciding to turn away from the devil midway on his path towards the Sabbath, Goodman Brown thinks he hears the voice of Faith and catches sight of her pink ribbon floating down from the sky. Whether or not this was a deception set up by the devil, Goodman Brown becomes so angry at the idea of Faith being in danger that he ironically continues on his path towards the Devil. “My Faith is gone! …There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name,” cries Goodman Brown after seeing the ribbon.