Plot Of Young Goodman Brown

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Plot Young Goodman Brown embarks on a midnight journey through a dark and foreboding forest, on his way to fulfill his “present evil purpose.” He leaves his wife Faith behind, this being the type of errand he doesn’t wish to expose her to. Faith in Goodman Brown’s eyes is a good woman and “a blessed angel on Earth.” (Hawthorne, 1835) Although she wishes for him to stay, and he too feels guilty for leaving her to attend to this errand, he knows he must complete this task and knows that to mar her with the evil of it would taint her pureness of heart forever. He leaves Faith behind, to trudge through a dark, deep, and dense forest to his destination; a witch meeting. Along the way he meets several of his townspeople and, at the pinnacle of…show more content…
As Goodman Brown embarks on his journey through the haunted wood, his mind and thoughts are very much in the present as he contemplates what he is doing and how this is affecting his wife Faith. As he comes upon the Old Man in the forest there are some exchanges regarding Goodman Brown’s father. From the narrative offered, one can derive that his father is no longer living. The Old Man speaks of his past association with Goodman’s father for some time. The flashbacks and references to the past continue as the pair come across Goody Cloyse, who was Goodman’s catechism teacher. As Goodman walks he reminisces on this as…show more content…
The first being the staff of the Old Man, which somewhat resembles a serpent. Any person with a religious upbringing, not to mention the Puritans of the time this story was written, who would have been Nathaniel Hawthorne’s’ readers, this serpent most certainly represents the Devil himself and heralds the impending evil about to occur. The second symbol along the path were the tattered and torn ribbons of Goodman’s wife Faith. This either foretells the impact of Goodman’s errand on his new wife or foreshadows how this night’s events will have their effect on Goodman’s own faith; his faith in God, the church, and the pious life he had been led to believe that he and his community lead. The meaning of these hints of what is surely to come and their meanings can change as the reader contemplates the meaning of the story and how that meaning may change over the course of the
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