Theme Of Symbolism In Young Goodman Brown

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “ Young Goodman Brown,” the author uses symbolism throughout his writing. Symbolism is a figure of speech used when the author wants to set a certain mood or emotion in his or her literature. It’s the use of objects, a characters name, a word or words to serve as something different, like a concept, in literature. Symbolism is always an important part of Hawthorne’s work, which is found in the names of his characters, objects, settings, and many other parts of his writing to keep you interested and gaining your attention while you read, leaving the big concepts hidden behind symbols to keep you guessing, a mystery. The forest was one of the biggest symbols used in the story, “Young Goodman Brown”, it leaves Brown questioning his faith and beliefs and even the people around him he once had faith in. The forest is described as “black mass,” the word black is used because it is…show more content…
Puritanism is often reflected in Hawthorne’s work. Puritans moved to New England and created a strong presence. Hawthorne was raised in Salem Massachusetts and his grandfather was a judge in the Salem witch trial. Puritanism, was a very important part of his background, which are often questioned in his works; many of which his stories take place in a Puritan setting. Most of the stories were good versus evil in man. In “Young Goodman Brown” Brown sees the most valued and respected members of his religious community associating with the devil. He is shocked to see the people he had the greatest faith in, Faith and his catechism teacher at an evil gathering. This leads him to still question everyone’s faith after the fact. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Hawthorne criticizes Puritan beliefs, suggesting that they are more wicked that they are godly. His works show that he has faith but its not always as strong and is easily questioned by the actions of others and the surrounding around
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