Goodman Brown is truly a good man. Faith, goodman Brown's wife, also has a name that is indicative of her nature. The story directly supports this point in the phrase "Faith, as the wife was aptly named . . . "
Satan in both Dante’s Inferno and Peter Cook’s Bedazzled is seen as an evil figure forced into an eternity of punishment, yet sympathetic because of this. However, both representations of the devil differ in how much power Satan is allotted. As humanity continues to define true evil, it must decide for itself how much power it allows evil in this world.
As soon as this fear arises, a mysterious traveler appears. This traveler is associated with being the devil. The devil is prevalently known as a symbol for evil. Especially when considering this evil spirit from a religious standpoint as Young Goodman Brown does. A black staff accompanies this devilish traveler.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale, “Young Goodman Brown,” is rich in symbolism, as this essay will amply illustrate. Hugo McPherson in “Hawthorne’s Use of Mythology” explains how the author’s “inner drama” may be expressed in his symbolism: The imaginative foundation of a writer’s work may well be an inner drama or ‘hidden life’ in which his deepest interests and conflicts are transformed into images or characters; and through the symbolic play of these creations, he comes to ‘know’ the meaning of his experience; the imaginative structure becomes a means of reaching truth. . . .
Throughout the story it is used as a form of transportation, both taking Goodman to the ritual and assisting the devil as a walking stick. It is made to look like a snake “so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wiggle itself like a living serpent.” (Hawthorne 312). In the context of the story the puritan society in which Goodman lives strongly associates the snake with the devil. Goodman’s initial reluctance to take it, then his submission show his own internal struggle in dealing with the devil, who ultimately resides within all
That staff looks like a great black snake who can be taken as almost living. “But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent” (Hawthorne 80). This is an example of religious imagery and symbolism. In this story, we know that the old man is the devil because of his serpentine staff and that relates to the bible. In the bible, the devil is referred to as a serpent.
Being dressed in grave clothing and causing others to talk with a tremor only by appearance probably means this person does not look very open or inviting. The dark and grave clothing worn by the man can be associated with darkness and evil, which is the opposite of Faith’s pink ribbons of goodness. Besides his apparel, the man also carries a staff “which might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent” (156). In the story of Adam and Eve, the devil disguises himself as a serpent to trick Eve into eating the sacred fruit. Now the staff is seen like a serpent.
Traditionally, these symbols are used in defense from Satan. By showing that vampires are vulnerable to these symbols, Stoker implies that they are the devil incarnate. This also implies that the conflict between the protagonists and the vampires is as severe as the conflict between the goodness of God and the evilness of Satan. On the other hand, in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Hyde is not implied to be the devil, he is only compared to him. Stevenson writes, “[T]here was [Mr. Hyde] in the middle, with a kind of black, sneering coolness … carrying it off, sir, really like Satan” (8).
The Death of Sin and the Sin of Satan When discussing the fate of the fallen, be them angel or man, it is important to become acquainted with Sin and Death, the offspring of Satan. In Paradise Lost, Book 2, from lines 746 to 814, Milton offers what it is to sin and the price of sin with descriptive imagery through Sin’s words. Both Sin and Death embody and characterize their names as both allegories and personifications. With close inspection of the passage, the ideas of sin and death come to life and they live dark and tortuous lives. Milton uses Sin to describe their monstrous tale and further shows how Sin is sinful, but also how she too is fallen through the use of her language and figurative speech.
For instance, a black cat, a dark night, or even dark places are all symbolic of things connected with witchcraft or evil. When an individual imagines darkness, they imagine wickedness, evil, and negativity. Through Shakespeare’s use of imagery, he is able to show the reader a deeper importance behind the darkness in this tragedy. He uses darkness to influence Macbeth’s decisions and illustrates darkness as a blanket to cover up bad deeds; in addition, he evolves darkness into a personality which plagues both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare begins the play with darkness; using lightning and thunder to introduce evil, the evil introduced are three witches.