Goodman Brown Allegory

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown struggles with staying pure and not giving in to the devil. Hawthorne utilizes allegory and ambiguity to leave unanswered questions for the reader. Hawthorne names his wife Faith. Her name symbolizes the faith in all mankind. Hawthorne describes Faith as “the wife was aptly named” (Hawthorne 1). In the end of Young Goodman Brown, Goodman brown loses his faith and his wife disappears."My Faith is gone! There is no good on earth. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given."(Hawthorne 6). It symbolizes giving into sin and losing faith in the lord. Hawthorne uses allegory when telling the story about losing faith in mankind. Hawthorne uses ambiguity throughout Young Goodman Brown.…show more content…
The world outside of the village, outside of the normal boundaries of what is right and wrong for the puritans and outside of Brown 's comfort zone. Goodman Brown “glanced fearfully behind him” (Hawthorne 1) and said “What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!" (Hawthorne 1) as he walked through the forest to meet the traveler. Hawthorne never tells the reader that Goodman Brown is going to a witch meeting. He only gives you evidence to support the fact that he shouldn’t be going there. “ We have been a race of honest men and good Christians.” (Hawthorne 2). Goodman tells the traveler when they are following the path in the forest. “shall I be the first of the name of Brown that ever took this path and kept”(Hawthorne 2) . "There is my wife, Faith. It would break her dear little heart; and I 'd rather break my own." (Hawthorne 3). Goodman Brown knew where he was going would crush his Faith, but he never says that is was a witch meeting. Young Goodman Brown is an allegorical story. Hawthorne uses a lot of ambiguity. Hawthorne uses ambiguity to make his story allegorical. Hawthorn uses Faith to symbolize all of the faith in mankind, the forest to represent Goodman Brown getting out of his comfort zone, and
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