Young Goodman Brown

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In the short story Young Goodman Brown, Hawthorne tells a tale of a journey through the forest, following a man who sets off on a life-changing experience but has no idea what he is getting himself into. The man is trying to find the true insights of who he is. Young Goodman Brown is scared to continue throughout his travels, running into many things unexpected and unwanted. Although he knows that if he stops he will not find what he is looking for and if he goes he may find what he isn’t looking for. The morning after his journey, Goodman Brown finds his way back to town, he is now a completely different man that when he left. He can now see that all the people including him self can have evil hiding within. He can finally see the change that is needed in order to be happy. Goodman Brown shows a beautiful transformation of a once confident and religious man to someone walking away from all Faith. Goodman Brown finds that he once lived life a different person because he didn’t see the things around him.
Young Goodman Brown was a man of good. He didn’t think to far into things because he saw the world only thinking of what he’d do, this made him blind to the cruel actions others had done and had been doing around him for several years. Goodman Brown was so pure that naturally he missed the evil in others. Hawthorne lets a lot of little details out throughout the start of the story that shows the fact that Goodman Brown has been living in denial of the bad things around him and the things that he is getting himself into, but goes along with it anyway. We watch Goodman transform overnight into something he never expected. Goodman would open his eyes to what he’s missed all of his life. Though he lived many years not seeing the bad a...

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...ed. Although he knows that if he stops he will not find what he is looking for and if he goes he may find what he isn’t looking for. The morning after his journey, Goodman Brown finds his way back to town, he is now a completely different man that when he left. Therefore with time and space he can realize what life is really like. He begins to learn the signs and symbols of the people around him. The journey is one he has yet to experience previously. In life we go through many different stages, learning what works and doesn’t work. Figuring out who we are as well as the people we surround ourselves with. Throughout the story we see the transformation of one man, when in reality this is something we can see everyday in our own lives.

Works Cited
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Young Goodman Brown. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 1993. Pearson Education. Web. 16 May 2014.

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