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.
He resolves that he will "cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven." This is an example of the excessive pride because he feels that he can sin and meet with the Devil because of this promise that he made to himself. There is a tremendous irony to this promise because when Goodman Brown comes back at dawn; he can no longer look at his wife with the same faith he had before. When Goodman Brown finally meets with the Devil, he declares that the reason he was late was because "Faith kept me back awhile." This statement has a double meaning because his wife physically prevented him from being on time for his meeting with the devil, but his faith to God psychologically delayed his meeting with the devil.
Goodman let his excessive pride in himself destroy his relationship with his wife and community, and his ability to worship God. Goodman Brown goes into the woods to meet with the devil, therefore, he is questioning his faith from the start. He steps away from his faith for a short period of time to go on his journey saying that, “After this one night, I’ll cling to her (Faith) skirts and follow her to Heaven” (Hawthorne 1). This is one example where Goodman’s excessive pride comes in to play. He feels that he can do this sinful deed because he promised himself he would repent afterwards.
In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorn, Goodman set out on a journey in which he said goodbye to his young, new wife and adventured out into an unfamiliar evil. In the woods, he found that not everyone is as trustworthy as they seem, not even his loving wife. Although Goodman was not in a good place physically and religiously, he realized he couldn’t go back; he had to keep going to help save Faith but he was too late. She had chosen the devil’s path, or so it seemed. Because Faith allegorically represents innocence and truth, Goodman Brown’s wife Faith’s betrayal causes him to lose trust in not only her, but in religion.
"Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of a man that is tempted by evil. He discovers that sometimes evil triumphs over good, and this makes a dramatic impact on his future. Brown lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with his family and community after he meets with the devil, which causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community. "Young Goodman Brown" begins in the street at Salem village where Goodman Brown will soon leave to begin his journey. Faith, Brown's wife, does not want him to go on this journey as she says to him, “ ‘prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed tonight’ ” (Hawthorne 310-311).
His Faith is far from him now and he would like to adhere to her wishes. He fights to take leave of his companion, but his will is too weak. Unconsciously he continues forward. Brown questions the stranger and does not know of such evil existing in his family, but the stranger conveys to Goodman Brown the past experience he has had with his relatives.
Plot Young Goodman Brown embarks on a midnight journey through a dark and foreboding forest, on his way to fulfill his “present evil purpose.” He leaves his wife Faith behind, this being the type of errand he doesn’t wish to expose her to. Faith in Goodman Brown’s eyes is a good woman and “a blessed angel on Earth.” (Hawthorne, 1835) Although she wishes for him to stay, and he too feels guilty for leaving her to attend to this errand, he knows he must complete this task and knows that to mar her with the evil of it would taint her pureness of heart forever. He leaves Faith behind, to trudge through a dark, deep, and dense forest to his destination; a witch meeting. Along the way he meets several of his townspeople and, at the pinnacle of
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.
The prospect of an evening of isolation causes Faith to be anxious; the loss of her husband’s companionship deprives her of a predictable world, but her discomfort is of no concern to Brown. Instead, reassuring his wife from the doctrine of his theology, Brown tells her to “say thy... ... middle of paper ... ... sinner. Hawthorne seems to suggest that man’s desire to define God in concrete terms is futile if not arrogant. Brown may hold responsible Faith, or the intangible or God or whomever he likes, but the end result is the same; Brown is the agent of his downfall, and Faith remains unchanged. His wife is aptly called, for her name means, “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” according to Hebrews 11:1.
The story also explores Brown’s introspection and questions his morality and belief. The introduction begins with Goodman Brown’s leaving his wife Faith to run an errand in the forest. Faith makes many futile attempts to deter Brown’s from leaving the house. Faith may be interpreted as his conscience, the bearer of something good, something Goodman is looking and hopes for. Hawthorne describes that Goodman Brown believes Faith “is a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven”.