Upon entering the forest he is suspicious of every rock and tree, thinking something evil will jump out at him. A man waits for Goodman in the forest and then walks by Goodman's side. Although the narrator does not say this man is the ... ... middle of paper ... ...en he reaches the final destination where whole community is there to participate in satanic acts, a little faith he has to the community and himself are completely destroyed. The devil has apparently infested all of the Puritan's souls with sin at least to the eyes of Goodman Brown. While he tries to help his wife Faith from the devil, he wakes up from imagination or dream in the forest wondering what has happened in the previous night.
Brown?s moral and social isolation is the worst possible evil that a man can ever have happen to him. If he would have looked at the evils in mankind, he could?ve recognized the good in people. That was the full intention of the dream, but he failed the test miserably. Works Cited: Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "Young Goodman Brown."
In 'Young Goodman Brown,'; Hawthorne makes the reader believe that Goodman Brown has learned that truth about the world and how evil it really is. In the story the accounts of Goodman Brown let you believe that he has truly seen the evil in the world and knows what lurks behind everybody masks. He makes you realize that even though the person may look holy and religious that evilness is all around us and most people will never ever find out the truth. The character Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne finds many issues of evil concerning the town's people in which he lives, about himself, and the reality behind the evil. In the story 'Young Goodman Brown'; Goodman Brown learns about evil in the towns people and how what he thought was the truth is really not.
Young Goodman Brown symbolizes the idea that man is inherently destined for evil. Throughout the story, Goodman Brown’s character transforms from a nice Puritan family man to a sad, miserable, cynical man who has severe disbelief in his own religion. From the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown is fated for wickedness. For example, even his purpose in the woods from the start is evil. Goodman Brown’s wife is his only salvation for Heaven, and once Faith is taken away from him, he finally recedes into his evil nature.
As punishment for these crimes, some were subjected to torturous acts or even horrible deaths. Thus, Hawthorne’s choice of setting is instrumental in the development of theme. He uses contrast as a means to portray the village as good and the forest as bad. This adds significance to the fact that Brown begins his journey in the town and proceeds then to the forest. The use of imagery captures the appearance of the forest as well as lending a sense of foreboding towards the impending evil.
He is accompanied by a mysterious, older man who is later on revealed to be the devil. As they are walking, Young Goodman Brown tries to turn back several times and at one point succeeds in getting rid of the devil. However, when he sees that even his wife has surrendered to the same evil path that he was on, he stops resisting and continues into the forest. He ends up at a witches’ sabbath where he sees familiar faces of people whom he previously looked up to for spiritual guidance; he also finds Faith there and becomes devastated. In the end, he cries out to resist the devil and then wakes up to find himself alone in the forest.
The story titled “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne takes place in Salem village, and it is describing the dream of a young man coming face to face with the Devil, who appears in a form of an old man and goes with Goodman Brown during his errand in the wood. Through his journey in the woods with the Devil, Goodman Brown is going to discover more about the evil in man, and he is going to know that the evil consists inside everyone. In the beginning of the story Goodman Brown is leaving his home and his wife Faith, for an overnight errand with the Devil. Because of the bad dreams Faith had, she asks her husband not to go in the journey, as she said, but he says that he has to go, “of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee” (305). In the beginning of the story, Faith is positively introduced, because she is a faithful wife, “the wife was aptly named” (304).
This kind of social belief leaves him susceptible to the devils scrutiny that it ends up crushing what little true faith that he had. When Goodman brown finds out that his family and members of his community are followers of the devil he decides to join them in following the devil. The author Nathanial Hawthorne is suggesting that people should not follow the crowd. Also that when we decide to put are faith and morals in those around us it can only end in our own personal turmoil. The weakness of public moral is apparent in young Goodman brown in this part of the story “But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches give... ... middle of paper ... ...d to the limit of comprehension, Goodman Brown stumbles onto the polluted core of his true self and disavows it, withdrawing into himself to become "a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not desperate man."
Was it all a dream? Neither does he know that Faith remained pure or was corrupted. And if she were corrupted, could she now things about goodman Brown that he did not know himself. His confusion forces him to isolate himself emotionally and harden his heart, which is, after all, the worst sin of them all.
The Devil wants Goodman Brown to take his staff, and he wants no part of that. Brown’s pride is what is keeping him there, after each time the Devil makes an attempt to convert Brown, he stays in the woods waiting for the next trick. When he should have left after the first couple of attempts. There were several conflicts that contributed to the climax of the story. The first conflict was between Goodman Brown and his wife Faith.