Next, I believe that Goodman Brown has had a rough past and in order for him to overcome this within himself he must search for attention. This attention may not be needed from his wife or community members, I believe it is needed from him. He is feeling overwhelmed with obligations from his wife and peers that he has no time to decide whether this type of life is right for him. So, in search for the answer to his questions about life, he turns to the devil and takes his... ... middle of paper ... ...become anything he dreamed about becoming in his life he thought he should move on. After reviewing both, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Willa Cather’s short stories, I believe that although similar in some ways, Goodman Brown and Paul are far more different than what we might expect.
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Unlike Brown 's ever present gloom after his realization, O 'Connor 's character, The Misfit, embraces it. He admits that he "ain 't a good man" (O 'Connor 1293). Comparatively, The Misfit is also motivated by curiosity much like Brown. He states," My daddy said I was a different breed of do from my brothers and sisters...it 's some that can live their whole life out without asking about it and it 's others has to know why it is, and this boy is one of the latters" (O 'Connor 1293). He had to understand the evil of mankind and was unable to live in ignorance to the truth that all mankind was inherently evil.
Goodman Brown in the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne goes on a journey into the woods to meet a stranger which ultimately changes his life. His blind faith in his religion makes him believe that all people are good. Goodman Brown is a trusting, naive man in the beginning if the story but witnesses a witch ceremony that changes his personality drastically. Seeing his family and his neighbors taking part in the sinful act changes his outlook on life and his outlook on their personalities as well. Brown’s blind faith in people and his naivety make the shock of what he sees in the woods turn him into an untrusting, paranoid man.
From the moment we enter this world we start a life long journey finding answers to life's hardest questions. Each of us deal with both similar, and very different questions that cause us to make decisions in what we believe. Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown" depicts a man who on his own journey discovers the devilry within people. Unfortunately he never realizes that within people there is both good and bad, he chooses to believe that all people are evil. Young Goodman Brown is an example of what can happen to someone who loses faith, because without faith in mankind we will live our lives in gloom.
If Holden could adapt to society, he would’ve showed intentions to do so. He is forever unhappy with the world, and isolates himself because of it, thus viewing the world in a negative light. The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger is a story about his adventures as being a teenager just shy of becoming an adult. The change of becoming an adult mortifies Holden, so he does everything possible to hold on to his child innocence.
He gives himself over to a new perspective. The pink button represents the pure innocents that has disappeared. This tears Goodman apart and creates so much doubt within him that it alters his perception about all the good people that are around him. We can never be sure if good or evil won the fight waged within Young Goodman Brown, but Hawthorne makes it abundantly clear that Brown was scared for his life due to his experience. This journey that Young Goodman Brown encounters could of been a dream or even a true event that is manifested by his own internal desires.
Although he felt guilty leaving his Faith back home in their early stage of marriage, he justifies this guilt by swearing that after this night he will "cling to her skirt and follow her to heaven." However, will there be another day for Goodman Brown to share his life with Faith? Although his faith, described with "pink ribbon," is sincere, pure, and innocent, is his will stong enough to walk though "a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest?" Goodman believes nothing can tempt his faith, not even a devil. Upon entering the forest he is suspicious of every rock and tree, thinking something evil will jump out at him.
It is here that Carey first experiences his spiritual bond being broken: he believes, he prays; but he is not healed. Due to not only God’s failure to heal his foot but also his uncle’s actions towards him, Philip decides, in his early ... ... middle of paper ... ... where he is right now, enjoying the freedom to make his own life choices without any type of subjugation to tell him otherwise. Works Cited Amis, Kingsley. "Mr. Maugham's Notions." W. Somerset Maugham 7 July 1961: 1908.
Even though Brown's experience in the forest changes him, this change is only on the surface, and deep down Brown is still the same man he was before. While it is not stated early in the story, Goodman Brown's faith in God begins to waiver much earlier than the beginning of the story. Brown's lack of faith is the reason he takes the journey into the woods. However, the narrator never tells why Brown starts to doubt God. The reader is left to guess whether a single incident or a series of incidents cause this course that leads Brown to an unhappy life.