As he matured, Hawthorne discovered that his seemingly pious family was disturbingly flawed, a discovery that would radically change his life. In his short story “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan family secrets aid in forming symbols of faith and evil and developing the inner complexities of his characters. Hawthorne, the sixth generation in a family of American Puritans, was raised to strictly follow his religion. Born on July 4, 1804, Hawthorne spent most of his childhood years living in Salem, Massachusetts, the epicenter of Puritanism (Bio.com 1). On the surface, his family, the Hathornes, seemed kind and accepting.
While there he continued to do well in writing but failed arithmetic. At around ten years of age Franklin left school to help his father's soap making business. Two years later, and after observing many different trades, Franklin was persuaded to become a printing apprentice of his brother James until the age of twenty-one. While working as an apprentice Franklin also satisfied his appetite for reading and debating by borrowing books whenever he could and engaging in friendly argument with another boy named John Collins. Although the two eventually parted ways they remained friends, and their friendly arguing in conjunction with his love of literature helped Franklin to substantially improve his writing skills.
To understand the significance of the setting you have to understand the background of the Puritan culture which Hawthorne doesn’t state but expects the reader to know. Puritans live their lives for God. They believe everyone and everything is evil and one must live his life so to not unleash this inborn sin. Throughout the story, Goodman struggles with his own image of faith. Just as any young adult may step back and question their initial upbringing, he too, questions his forefathers.
Therefore it can be said that Marlowe is attempting to alter the doctrines his fellow country men with whom are questioning their religions. Marlowe uses the renaissance ideals with the medieval myths to master his point. This work is a forewarning of damnation by those who attempt to alter the doctrines or moral standards, and a beacon of caution to those in search of the unknown. Dr Faustus, the work of good and evil. When man becomes idle his mind wanders and he wants more.
I fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe when I first read his story The Raven, during my freshman year language class. Edgar was born January 19th, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts to Elizabeth and David Poe. Being an infant Edgar was moved vigorously because of his parents professions of traveling actors. The money brought in was very scarce and did not please his father David. At the age of two Edgars father abandoned the family leaving his mother Elizabeth alone with Edgar, his infant sister Rosalie, and his older brother Henry.
"Young Goodman Brown" was published in 1835, when Nathaniel Hawthorne was 31 years old. Hawthorne was born and reared in Salem, Massachusetts, a village still permeated by its 17th century Puritanism. When he was four, Hawthorne's father died, and from that point on he was surrounded mostly by females: two sisters, a maiden aunt, and a retiring mother who was not close to her children. He had little contact with his deceased father's family, but his maternal relatives were supportive and saw to it that he attended college, the first in his family to do so (Turner 33). During four years at college, despite his reclusive nature, he established close friendships with his male classmates, several of which he maintained for life.
"Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister's Black Veil" are two of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories that explore the prominence of Puritan beliefs in early American towns. Despite the religious influence, sin and depravity pervade even the most respected members of the communities. Both main characters struggle with an awareness of the human propensity to hide their sin, but while Young Goodman Brown focuses on the shortcomings of others, Father Hooper is concerned with building up the faith of his parishioners. Nevertheless, both men seem to cling to their faith in God, lead lives of isolation after their realizations, and eventually die. Young Goodman Brown becomes conscious of the human tendency to sin during a dream or hallucination.
His life experiences and ideas were incorporated into his writing, such as “Young Goodman Brown”. His ancestry lead him to believe that even the people of God are evil people at heart. The short story of “Young Goodman Brown” is representing that humans are cynical and evil, and the event of losing your faith in God. If only he had more of an open mind to see that people make mistakes and are not perfect, then he might have never lost his faith. Works Cited Kizer, Kay.
Now that the affair is over, John must prove himself worthy of Elizabeth's trust and love, and must try to redeem his good character and to be a good Christian. Though there may be differing opinions about whether he passed or did not pass his crucible, I believe he did. Through events in this play, we can see a good-hearted man change for the better. In the beginning of the play, in Act I, we can see a small shining light of goodness despite his previous questionable actions. When John goes to Salem to see the so-called bewitched Betty, Reverend Parris' daughter, he runs into Abigail.
The main theme of the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “ Young Goodman Brown,” is the struggle between Goodman Brown’s faith, power to resist his own evil impulses and his own doubts within him. It is a story of Young Goodman Brown’s personal conflict over his inner desires and its greater meaning conflict between good and evil in the world. The characteristics of Young Goodman Brown are similar to the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne had his own doubts about his own Puritan life and beliefs. There are numerous examples in this story whereby Hawthorne clearly demonstrates to the reader Goodman Brown’s personal internal conflict between good and evil.