The Father Of Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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“young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about a man named Goodman Brown, who is married to a woman named Faith. Goodman Brown is traveling for a night, leaving Faith behind, Faith is terribly frightened of being alone, but Goodman Brown tells her “say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”. Mr. Brown begins his travel into the darkened forest as he walks, he is already scared of what might be hiding behind the trees “There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree” he continues to walk and he runs into an old man on the dirt path the man then greets Mr. Brown and offers him a staff that will get him through the forest faster, but he refuses to touch it. The old man leaves the staff with…show more content…
As he traveled through the gloomy woods, he knew what he was going to see, but still wanted to witness what happens in the ceremony at the same time he wanted nothing to do with the devil “it is my purpose to return whence I came” Goodman wanting to turn back to the village couldn’t because the old man kept telling him about his father, Goodman wanted to know more. After he finished his conversation he started to return home when he thought he heard Faith’s voice, so he went and grabbed the staff “Goodman Brown grasp his staff and set forth, at such a rate that he seemed to fly along the forest path”, right at that moment his spiritual faith had become corrupted for the worse. Goodman not sure what to believe anymore, he has a moral dilemma between his thinking everyone is a follower of the devil, and seeing the good in…show more content…
Imagery is used quite a bit when Goodman is in the forest “darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest”, Also selective description is used as well “beheld the figure of a man, in grave and decent attire, seated at the foot of an old tree” this is very important so that the readers understand where he is going, also so we are able to feel his urge to leave the forest to get back to faith. Repetition is used when Goodman Brown states “Too far! Too Far” letting the reader know that he frightened of the of where he is being taken. Reading the story I find that there are plenty of similes such as “Mingled with fine wheat and the fat of a new-born babe” this is important because it shows the evilness of the old man who when talks to Goodman Brown begins to loosen his
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