The story of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, chronicles the dreams and visons of a young man struggling with his beliefs in 17th Century Puritan society. In the dream, Goodman Brown is compelled to evaluate and reflect on the evils that exist in the world. He is shown to be completely disillusioned. The story relies heavily on the reader’s interpretation of the meaning of Goodman Brown’s encounter in the woods (Trevelyan 1983, pp.35). 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”. Goodman Brown hopes that Faith, his love, will redeem him after he completes his “evil purpose” (Hawthorne). Goodman’s statement amplifies his awareness of his conscience and faith in God, as he accepts that the meeting in the woods will not bring good but evil (Michael, 2010, pp. 30). The above are some of the facets examined to delve into the relationship of Goodman and his wife. Faith can also be interpreted as his “guardian angel”, and someone who cares and questions Brown’s every move. The angel analogy may also explain faith’s sudden manifestation in the forest
In the story Young Goodman Brown, the two main characters are Young Goodman Brown and his wife Faith. They have been married for a brief period of...
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...wn continues on his journey he approaches a tree. The tree seats an old man with his staff. As Goodman’s continues his journey the old man becomes his companion. It is reveled that he has been waiting for Goodman so they can continue their journey through the woods. The travelers staff resembels a big black serpent (Abel, 1988, pp. 20).
Eventually Goodman Brown companion is shown to be a family friend. He fought the Kings Phillips War with Goodman’s grandfather. The old man’s tales about the war surprises Brown. He firmly states that he never heard of such tales and tells his traveling companion that “we are people of prayer and of good works” says Brown. As they continue on into the forest they run into an old woman that Brown recognizes, her name was Goody Cloyse. She is a well-respected teacher from his village. Goody is Brown’s Catechism teacher. He does not want
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