"Goodman Brown": Essay

analytical Essay
574 words
574 words

In many cases, sin becomes guilt in a matter of seconds, though the repercussions of that sin may never end. In the short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the devil haunts one man with his startling words, and those words leave the young man unable to be himself for the rest of his life. Goodman Brown portrays as the average Puritan with an unknown want to speak with the devil. It is because of the simple walk he takes into the woods with a new companion that enlightens him of the problems in his community. The problem being that he is not the only one to travel with the companion, and that means that nothing is just as he thought. Goodman Brown proves that it is through his own sin and guilt that he is able to see the sin within his community, past and present. In the short story, the realization that Goodman Browns family is not as pure as he thought comes about through his own sinful actions. In going into the woods with this stranger, Goodman Brown knows that what he is doing is bad, and he realizes that it is not what a good Puritan does. This interaction b...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how in nathaniel hawthorne's "young goodman brown," the devil haunts one man with startling words that leave him unable to be himself for the rest of his life.
  • Analyzes how goodman brown's sinful actions lead him to realize that his family is not as pure as he thought.
  • Analyzes how goodman brown's consort with the devil makes his sins known to him. the realization that the people that he looks up to are sinners just like himself, makes him realize that
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