One element of Young Goodman Brown is a criticism of Puritan self-righteousness; the devil points out to Brown that he has “a very general acquaintance here in New England” and then proceeds to cite instances of hypocrisy, prejudice, and persecution (Hawthorne 5). The devil also reveals that he is familiar with Brown’s ancestors, leading them toward sin (Hawthorne 5). All of this is disturbing to Brown and the issue of evil is f... ... middle of paper ... ... Dead.”), Hawthorne’s story provides the atmosphere in which such paranoia and delusion could take place. As Alan Simpson states, “The Puritan was always obsessed by his sense of sin. Taught to expect it everywhere, and to magnify it where he found it, he easily fell into the habit of inventing it” (Simpson).
Hawthorne describes him as“he of the serpent” and walks with a staff resembling a black snake. Branches wither at his touch, and he sees the connections between people and sin. All these represent the association with the devil and witchcraft. The devil takes Brown on this journey to teach him that evil is everywhere, including within himself and in people he believes to be pure. As Goodman Brown 's journey gets darker and darker, he loses faith in the moral goodness of humans and his own religion instead of accepting the fact that humans are imperfect.
Satan sees this as a perfect opportunity to get his revenge towards God. The way God punished Satan seems like the most evident thing to do, but the way He punished Adam and Eve for eating from the tree can be questioned and seen as harsh and unfair, but it shouldn’t b... ... middle of paper ... ...ough they have fallen and now have to leave Paradise, that they can still have a great life. He tells Adam because of they tree they ate from he has all the knowledge he needs to make it in the world outside of Paradise. Michael says he does not need anything else. He also says to live a happy life they should live with faith, virtue, patience, temperance, love, charity, and obedience.
Loss of Faith upon Evil in “Young Goodman Brown” Young is the start of his experiences that contribute into becoming a Good-man with a meaningful purpose, overtaken by the inner brown shadow of darkness. An interpretation of the short story “Young Goodman Brown” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This story takes place is Salem Massachusetts in around the 17th century where the existence of witches and evil Indians was a very real threat to the religion driven Puritan population. One faithful man, named Goodman Brown, set off to meet the devil in hopes to reveal the hypocrisy among the village’s consecrated people, but in turn was awakened by his inner shaded truth, wherein he did not anticipate or overcome. Throughout this story, there are many perceptions possible with countless Ambiguities emphasized through characters and settings along with a denouement plot to be evaluated by one’s moral beliefs.
Obviously, in the time of the Puritans evil was by no means tolerated. It was more or less hunted out and destroyed. Being the wildly religious Puritan he is, Goodman Brown sets of into the forest on a quest to find evil and relinquish its temptations once and for all. Brown expresses that by doing so he will gain some unworldly benefit when he states “ . .
The devil, in literature, is always a catalyst of change for those who encounter him. He is a force working underground, moving against what is widely considered virtuous and good, and it is contact with him that often changes the course of characters lives, and even the world. In Paradise Lost and a book based on it, The Golden Compass, ‘the devil’, in both cases, is an advocate for moving away from the control of God and the Church. Where the stories differ, is in the author’s intent for these actions. In the former, John Milton uses the devil to display how vanity and pride are the sins that halt us in an opportunity to live blissfully, with and under God.
However, the forest, may be thought to be the home of the devil, but is also full of colors and emotion. Here, both Hester and Pearl can express themselves for who they are, not what society sees them as. The forest represents a natural world, governed by natural laws, as opposed to the artificial, Puritan community with its man-made laws. The forest is a symbol of the world of darkness and evil. When Dimmesdale leaves the forest with his escape plan in mind, he is tempted to sin on numerous occasions during his journey back to the village.
William Golding uses fear to ignite evil and evil doings in characters like Jack, Sam, and Eric. To prove this theory, he uses characters like Simon and the lord of the flies to clarify fear’s true intentions. Power, possessed by both Jack and Roger, is used to instigate their cruel ways as well as their conversion to savagery. Alongside the two initiates is the loss of innocence, a phase that has taken place far too early and quite erratically in these boys. Altogether, these three attributes have led to destruction, killing, and inhumane behavior; characterized as savagery, but also known as evil.
Just like today, he is tempted by those around him; like his grandfather, his father, his wife, and mainly, the devil himself. Goodman Brown is tempted many times to choose evil during his journey through the forest. Goodman Brown is first tempted by evil when the old man, who symbolizes the devil, tells him that his father and grandfather had once taken this same journey. This influences his choice to continue the journey. We sometimes choose to do things that we know are wrong because others are doing it.
By exploring the intrinsic nature of guilt, Poe shows us that without remorse and acceptance of responsibility the only possible result is a never ending cycle of projection, blame and denial that lead to madness. Works Cited Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X.J.