When the townspeople succumb to the devil, Brown’s faith and ideals also yield to them. However, he himself does not comprehend that he has forsaken God and been lured into the grasp of Satan. Also, Brown’s lack of emotion indicates that he followed his mind, where the main conflict of the story is, instead of his heart. Due to his deficiency of compassion, he shows no grief for himself. As a result, he becomes faithfully and publicly disengaged and dismisses himself from the community.
This spooky woodland proves to be a product of his of imagination and incorporates ideas from various traditions — including the forest as an entrance to Hades as described by Virgil in his Aeneid and its association of sin with “a region of unlikeness” in Augustine’s Confessions (Confessions, 7.10). Stories of the time also had wandering knights of medieval courts becoming stranded in dangerous underbrush, which they must try to heroically escape from. Yet, Dante likens the “shadowed forest” to all he thought was wrong during his lifetime. It embodies the sins society had committed, as well as its lack of religious faith. His use of “life’s way” and “the path that does not stray” in comparison to the dark wood creates a clear dichotomy between the ignorance that comes with disbelief in God and the spiritual clarity one is provided by His love.
Mine burns in secret!” (167) Dimmesdale envies Hester’s letter because she has no need to hide form anyone and live in secret. Towards the end of his life, Dimmesdale, has enough strength to admit to his sinful actions and declares of God’s mercy. The war that is going on inside Arthur Dimmesdale is one of appearance vs. reality. Dimmesdale in the end conquers his tribulations and admits to his hypocritical ways. While the town’s people viewed him as their incorruptible, revered and strong pastor they came to realize that he was corrupt, dishonest, and weak.
In Cantos I, Dante is trying to find his way because he has lost “the straight path” (Dante 1405). He cannot ... ... middle of paper ... ...te clearly had an issue with people who committed fraud, hypocrites and blasphemers. Virgil goes on to explain the order of the circles as they grow smaller. Therefore each sin starts to be broken down and why the souls were placed in certain areas, Virgil and Dante focus on how their sins not only effect the person, but impacts God as well, Virgil says, ... because fraud is peculiar to man / it displeases God more; therefore the fraudulent are placed lower/ ……………………………………………………………………………………………... Violence is committed against the Deity/ by cursing Him and denying Him in one’s heart; (1448, 1449). There are times where Dante contrasts Hell with his society, hell is basically the self-centered and vile city which serves its own judgement at the expense of their citizens.
The premiss of "Young Goodman Brown" is that Mr. Brown leaves his town and his wife Faith and travels through the forest, where he is tempted by the Devil and eventually caves in once he sees man others worshipping satan. When he falls into the pressure of the Devil he looses his faith in God. When Goodman was leaving town he and his wife Faith, expressed a long period of goodbyes. "And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street,"(Hawthorne). Clearly by this quote Faith is an actual human being, but the next quote is a little misleading, "My love and my Faith, of
The Civil War , has been haunted by the faces of all the people he has ever known. The faces of these people are twisted and distorted, and ultimately appear “grotesque” to the elderly writer: It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.” (p.24). In relation to the theme of isolation in this novel, Anderson uses this chapter to illustrate how the characters in the town of Winesburg should be perceived. Characters that are “grotesque” because they live their lives by a single “truth” that prevents them from maturing, developing, and ultimately growing into what Anderson... ... middle of paper ... ... world in which he lives. On this journey, he encounters many “grotesques” or distorted examples of human life, that enable George to break free from the isolation of Winesburg and venture out to live the life of what Anderson would consider to be “normal”.
“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, delves into the classic battle between good and evil; taking the protagonist, Goodman Brown, on a journey to test the resolve of his faith. Goodman ventures out on his expedition deep into the sinister forest, in order to repudiate the attempt of the devil to sway him from Christianity; a test he believes his devout faith is prepared to confront. Goodman Brown is forever altered in ways unforeseeable by taking a stroll with the ultimate antagonist, the devil himself. The prevailing theme in this literary work, which is common in Hawthorne’s gothic writing, is the realization that evil can infect people who seem perfectly respectable. Throughout the course of his journey, Goodman Brown discovers that even highly reputable people of Salem are vulnerable to the forces of darkness.
Dante’s Inferno Dante's poem is a firsthand narrative of his own journey through the depths of Hell. After his exile from Florence in 1302, he spends his life traveling through a perpetual Hell and recounts his realizations about society in his writings. Dante explains his vision of Hell the entire way through, giving the reader an idea of the different degrees of sin and punishment there. He emphasizes how the sins get worse the deeper he descends into Hell; the worst sinners are toward the bottom. Witnessing punishments and facing sinners directly, he attempts to discover what he must do to resolve his own sins and get back on the righteous path.
Through Dante's experiences he will purge his sins. Within Canto 1, we see Dante leaving a dark forest. This forest represents all the human vices and corruption, a place similar to hell (canto 1, line 1-5, Alighieri). Dante wants to reach the hill top, where is sunny and warm, rather than be in the damp and cold forest. The hill top represents happiness and is a metaphor for heaven.
Not surprisingly "Young Goodman Brown" takes place in Salem during the puritan era. The story begins with Goodman Brown departing from his wife in the village to meet with and take a stroll in the forest with a "fellow-traveler" the devil. The contrast between the forest and the town is symbolic. On the outside, it seems like a normal, religious puritan village, but when one goes in deep, one sees there is a center of darkness. The deep, dark forest in the puritan town represents the internal evil of the villagers.