The hypocrisy of the characters’ names represents hypocrisy in their own lives and the secrets that arise when the sun sets. Throughout the story, the reader, like Goodman Brown, discovers the true nature of humanity; however, he cannot cope with knowing everyone in his town is not who they appear. Hawthorne reveals humanity’s inclination towards hypocrisy through his short story and expresses the idea that every person has evil inside of them, even if they are only evil thoughts. Works Cited Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Young Goodman Brown.” The Bedford Introduction to Literature.
This explain’s Brown’s fascination with Faith’s morality throughout the story. Goodman Brown clings to the idea of Faith’s purity throughout his trials in the forest, swearing that as long as Faith remains holy, he can find it in himself to resist the devil, because even if he fall into the devil’s grasp Faith(both figurative and literally) will save him. Thus as the pink ribbon flutters down from the sky, Goodman Brown perceives it as a sign that Faith has definitely fell into the grasp of the devil,and has completely lost her purity and innocence. Thus as Faith’s purity dissolves, Goodman Brown loses any chance to save his wife. While in the story he is talking about Faith, his wife, but allegorically, the author is showing us that Brown has lost his faith in man because he gives up the world to the devil.As he yells “Faith!
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.
When the townspeople succumb to the devil, Brown’s faith and ideals also yield to them. However, he himself does not comprehend that he has forsaken God and been lured into the grasp of Satan. Also, Brown’s lack of emotion indicates that he followed his mind, where the main conflict of the story is, instead of his heart. Due to his deficiency of compassion, he shows no grief for himself. As a result, he becomes faithfully and publicly disengaged and dismisses himself from the community.
Extremism Revealed in Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne depicts a 17th century Puritan attempting to reach justification as Brown’s faith required. Upon completing his journey, however, Brown could not confront the terrors of evil in his heart and chose to reject all of society. Puritan justification was a topic Hawthorne was aware of as a journey to hell necessary for a moral man. Having referred to the heart of man as hell, Puritans founds themselves in the midst of Satan and his multitude of devils as he established his kingdom in man’s heart. This was a dreadful revelation that caused Brown to grow bitter and distrustful.
Goodman Brown unfortunately was blinded by the realization of sin and its existence in the human heart and chose to reject all of society and trust no one. The name of Goodman Brown and his wife Faith are clear symbolic elements. Goodman Brown stands for the naïve, immature young man who only sees the good in his fellowman, and has yet to be confronted with evil. Faith, Goodman Brown’s young wife stands for what Goodman Brown believes in. He sees his wife as all that is good and when he realizes that she too has made a pack with the devil he cries “my faith is gone…There is no good on earth.” This makes Brown a stern, sad and distrustful man.
Further, Goodman Brown discovers that even Faith is corruptible and he expresses a profound disappointment when he says: “’My Faith is gone!’ cried he after one stupefied moment. ‘There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil! for to thee is this world given’” (8). Goodman Brown infers that no one can escape the darkness, evil, and sin—not even his
In religion there has always been the struggle of God vs. the Devil, still though the choices to sin untimely lies with you. This theme of the choice between “good vs. evil” is very evident in Hawthorne 's short story “Young Goodman Brown.” Hawthorne is saying that there is evil throughout our society but the choice of whether you 're evil or not, lies within you. Some critics may argue that Goodman Brown is an innocent man corrupted by the will and tricks of the devil. I completely disagree with this statement and I am not the only one. In Paul J. Hurley’s critical analyses Young Goodman Brown 's “Heart of Darkness.” In this analysis Hurley confronts other critics ideas head and supports the idea that the evil comes from the story 's protagonist.
He tricks the audience into believing his thoughts and methods of redemption. Yet eventually Edwards starts talking about how if the proper steps are not taken then eternal damnation will occur no matter what (Edwards 111). Through Edwards saying this, he expresses that hell is a devastating place and no one wants to be there for eternity. Sadly there are consequences and individuals have to suffer the consequences and follow the steps to become better and to be forgiven of that sin or else hell could be an genuine destination for them. Individuals wonder the intensity of the sins and if one sin is worse than another.
Because of this it made him cynical throughout the remainder of his days. He began to believe that there was evil everywhere and nothing could be done to change it. He no longer saw the good in anyone around him instead he saw everyone as hypocrites and became very unforgiving for those around him. But in all reality it is he who is the hypocrite. He forgot all that was taught to him through his faith, instead of loving and forgiving his fellow man for their wrongdoing he judged and condemned