He finds the residents of his town surrounding a dark figure,who describes a satanic ritual. Goodman Brown finally realizes the sin that resides in his fellow Puritans, and his belief taught him that if they harbor sin, there cannot be goodness. He learns that
Hawthorne alludes to John Hathorne when he writes about Goodman Brown's "fellow traveler" commenting on Brown's grandfather, who "lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem." "Young Goodman Brown" is about one man's journey through the woods with the devil and his encounters that make him doubt his faith in himself, his wife, and the community in which they reside. The theme of this story is that beyond any intangible evil, the evil that men do is ultimately the more damaging. Throughout the story Hawthorne uses setting and characters as symbols representing different aspects of good and evil and he uses the plot to develop the eventual win-over of evil over "Goodman" Brown's "Faith." Not surprisingly "Young Goodman Brown" takes place in Salem during the puritan era.
Throughout the course of his journey, Goodman Brown discovers that even highly reputable people of Salem are vulnerable to the forces of darkness. Goodman Brown embarks on his journey into the forest with the fervent belief that his potent dedication is indomitably ironclad, and thus will be able to overcome even the most tempting persuasions of the devil. As Goodman and the devil continue sauntering along the serpentine path, they encounter Goodman’s old catechism teacher, Goody Cloyse, and it is eventually revealed that she is heading to the satanic occult meeting at the core of the forest. Goodman is absolutely confounded at the sight of her, as he had always considered Cloyse as a moral and spiritual guide in his life. Goody Cloyse’s appearance is the first moment where Goodman begins to question his faith.
Intro: “We have been a race of honest men and good Christians…”(Hawthorne, pg. 388). In Salem, Massachusetts evil was found everywhere; therefore, many good Puritans fell through the evil of witchcraft. This concept is found in the short story of “Young Goodman Brown”, where the readers are introduced to a innocent and pure couple who are all about religion and against any evil worshippers. Faith and Goodman Brown will face a diabolic journey to hell, and fight against the will of evil which is nearly impossible for everyone in town has walked through sin.I am writing about Young Goodman Brown because I am trying to show you how Hawthorne relies on Faith, the old man, and young Goodman Brown to illustrate the evil in nature.
Satan’s true intent was to make him: “A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man, did he become, from the night of that fearful dream”. Whether the forestry scene did in fact occur is truly a matter of the readers insight, however the overall impact that the scene had upon the story’s primary thematic detail of hypocrisy does evolve around the secrets of which the townspeople in turn remain to hold to themselves. Hawthorne’s works primarily emphas... ... middle of paper ... ... the townspeople. Thus if this occurrence did in fact happen then Hawthorne would be displaying Satan’s intention as trying to weaken his faith with the true hypocritical personage of the town, however even if the forest congregation never truly took place then this lends support to the idea of youthful stupidity and doubt. Which also takes place within his other work “Dr.
His commentary on the witch trials is apparent, as goody Cloyse recognizes the devil, and the recipe for annointment that includes "the fat of a newborn babe." Exactly who are the criminals here or those who are indignant with God? Is it those who appear wicked or those who truly are? Perhaps Hawthorne simply chose a setting and wrote the story around it; therefore the exact reason as to why goodman Brown went into the forest is insignificant. The point is he is there, and goodman Brown (as well as the reader) learns to suspect those who point a finger, and realize that nothing is as it seems.
Whether or not it was all just a dream, or reality, we will never know, but regardless it bestowed Goodman Brown with a sense of betrayal. The epiphany comes when Brown sees that there is evil in everyone and the Puritan beliefs cannot hold fast against it. Brown’s quest to denounce evil brought him to realize it was all for not. As a result of his findings, Brown becomes a hardened, distrusting soul. As stated by Hawthorne: “A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream” (453.
This kind of social belief leaves him susceptible to the devils scrutiny that it ends up crushing what little true faith that he had. When Goodman brown finds out that his family and members of his community are followers of the devil he decides to join them in following the devil. The author Nathanial Hawthorne is suggesting that people should not follow the crowd. Also that when we decide to put are faith and morals in those around us it can only end in our own personal turmoil. The weakness of public moral is apparent in young Goodman brown in this part of the story “But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches give... ... middle of paper ... ...d to the limit of comprehension, Goodman Brown stumbles onto the polluted core of his true self and disavows it, withdrawing into himself to become "a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not desperate man."
These allegories that Hawthorne uses may confuse the average reader. In both stories there is something that has a meaning based on reality, and a more mystical meaning. The word faith, when used in "Young Goodman Brown" can either mean Faith, as in the name of Goodman 's wife, or faith in God. The black veil, is it just a veil, or does it have a deeper, darker meaning of sin? 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.
Tho... ... middle of paper ... ... lust for John Proctor and Putnam’s want for land causes innocent Elizabeth and George Jacobs to be arrested for witchcraft. In this theocratic society, the court is a testament to the justice of God; therefore the decisions of the court were tantamount to that of God’s. Hale states in the beginning that his duty is to add what he could to “the godly wisdom of the court.” By the end of the story, Reverend Hale has changed dramatically. After witnessing the injustice of the court, he loses lose faith in its power. The young, naïve witch hunter who had a strong faith in God has transformed into a broken man who others to surrender to the witch trials in order to survive.