Upon entering the forest he is suspicious of every rock and tree, thinking something evil will jump out at him. A man waits for Goodman in the forest and then walks by Goodman's side. Although the narrator does not say this man is the ... ... middle of paper ... ...en he reaches the final destination where whole community is there to participate in satanic acts, a little faith he has to the community and himself are completely destroyed. The devil has apparently infested all of the Puritan's souls with sin at least to the eyes of Goodman Brown. While he tries to help his wife Faith from the devil, he wakes up from imagination or dream in the forest wondering what has happened in the previous night.
"Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story set in Salem, Massachusetts around the time of the Salem witch trials. Hawthorne weaves a tale of a young man whose world is turned upside down after a trip in the woods with the devil. Although he manages to rebuke the devil, and even though he doesn't know if what happened was real or a dream, what he learns in the forest that night changes his whole perception of religion and life itself. He comes to realize that his ancestors, his wife, the church elders and most of the town are under the influence of the devil. All these upright citizens, the moral leaders of Salem, who praised God in the light of day would then go and praise the devil in the woods at night.
Brown keeps his appointment with the devil in the forest, and he must choose to go back to his ?faith,? or explore the evils that the devil has to offer. Next, Brown is confronted with the virtuous people who live in his community, who will be attending the witch?s meeting with the devil. He has to decide if he will follow them along this path. Brown struggles to see if his wife is at the witch?s meeting, as he stands at the edge of the forest watching everyone he knows worshiping the devil.
In the story 'Young Goodman Brown'; Goodman Brown learns about evil in the towns people and how what he thought was the truth is really not. When Goodman Brown starts his voyage he knew what he was going in the woods to do, what he didn't realize is that the same reason he went to the woods was the same reason as the towns people. When Goodman encounters Goody Cloyse in the woods he is shocked that he sees her out there 'A marvel, truly, that Goody Cloyse should be so far in the wilderness at night fall. ';(Hawthorne 98) When he learns of her travels and of how she is acquainted with the old man he is in disbelieve that a women that taught him religion is evil. When Goody asks the old man for a hand to take her to a communion he offers her cane and throws it down when it hits the ground it turns alive and Goody Close disappears.
Satan has a whole rationale that God had arbitrary power that caused Satan to become the way he is in the poem. This perception serves as Satan’s foundation on behalf of his justification, which we all can relate to because he does not take responsibility but pr... ... middle of paper ... ..., this self-justification and rationalization is a way of him saying, I am justified, which is an innate human quality. This representation is very different from what most people are used to seeing, which results in the reader relating to him and viewing him as victim because we identify with him. The humanizing aspect of Satan in the poem to have an initial reaction and say I am wronged in this situation is identical with our innate reaction to similar incidents. Even though we are different than Satan in many ways, we usually do not take accountability when we are expected to.
As Goodman Brown heads into the woods with the prince of darkness, he encounters several of his community leaders creating evil. First, he and Satan encounter Goody Cloyse, Goodman's spiritual adviser and former catechism teacher. After Goodman goes off among the trees, the devil and Goody have a conversation. Instantly, Goody recognizes him as the devil. Then Satan says, '"Then Goody Cloyse knows her old friend?
Brown statement, "after this one night I’ll cling on to her skirts and follow her into heaven"(96), shows his guilty pride since he believes he can sin by virtue of his promise to himself. Leaving the village, he enters the forest which represents his subconscious that is infested with evil and sinister thoughts. Furthermore, it allegorically represents every man’s journey for knowledge, though knowledge is usually intertwined with evil such as the Tree of Knowledge in the Adam and Eve story. All the people and objects B... ... middle of paper ... ... his faith and morals are surrendered to material things, mainly his wife and the townspeople. When the townspeople succumb to the devil, Brown’s faith and ideals also yield to them.
Taught to expect it everywhere, and to magnify it where he found it, he easily fell into the habit of inventing it” (Simpson). This allegorical story shows the destructive force of Puritan belief. Though the story makes no mention of witchcraft trials, it is easy to imagine Goodman Brown as an accuser and prosecutor of his neighbors because of his suspicion of evil in everyone except himself. By looking into the historical setting of Young Goodman Brown, the beliefs of the Puritans were one of the main causes for the communal hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. The journey that Brown took into the forest led him to see evil in the people of the village where there might have been none.
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne "Young Goodman Brown", by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. "Young Goodman Brown" is a moral story, which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In "Young Goodman Brown", Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community after he meets with the devil, and causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community. "Young Goodman Brown" begins when Faith, Brown's wife, asks him not to go on an "errand". Goodman Brown says to his "love and (my) Faith" that "this one night I must tarry away from thee."
“young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about a man named Goodman Brown, who is married to a woman named Faith. Goodman Brown is traveling for a night, leaving Faith behind, Faith is terribly frightened of being alone, but Goodman Brown tells her “say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”. Mr. Brown begins his travel into the darkened forest as he walks, he is already scared of what might be hiding behind the trees “There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree” he continues to walk and he runs into an old man on the dirt path the man then greets Mr. Brown and offers him a staff that will get him through the forest faster, but he refuses to touch it. The old man leaves the staff with