Young Goodman Brown’s journey begins with his departure from Faith, for he must “tarry away from thee.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne 1289) Could it be that he is questioning his very own Faith/religion and must test it on this very night? Or is Young Goodman simply leaving his wife Faith, unaware of what lies ahead of him? I personally believe Young Goodman Brown is simply saying his farewells with his wife of only three months.
Shortly after his departure with Faith, Young Goodman Brown feels guilt for leaving her but promises that he shall “cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven”. (Hawthorne 1289) Cling to her skirts and following his “blessed angel on earth” (Hawthorne 1289) can refer to following every belief in God tha...
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- ... This fear appears in the very first line of the story as “Young Goodman Brown [comes] forth at sunset into the street of Salem village” and it appears again as “[i]t was now deep dusk in the forest, and deepest in that part of it where these two were journeying” (528,529). As the story progresses, it becomes later in the night, and thus the emotions tied to the darkness become stronger throughout the story. With all of this talk about the devil, it only makes sense that he would make an appearance in the story as the biggest negative symbol.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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- ... As he continues deeper into the forest he sees people from his town riding to the black mass he again cries out affirmations of his beliefs “With heaven above, and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil.” (452) Goodman Brown begins to see more and more people from his town and is surprised to see even people with great stature making their way to the designated meeting place. This is very important to the story because at this point Goodman’s browns faith begins to falter. Hawthorne purposely places people of great stature and religious positions in the forest and partaking in sinful acts to portray that no matter what role one may have in society or how their outward appea... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, Sin]
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- ... He is new and inexperienced when it comes to avoiding these temptations. So he sets off, saying “‘My Faith…this nigh I must tarry away from thee. My journey…must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise.” (Hawthorne 1). He ventures away from his home and thinks “‘after this one night I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven.’” (Hawthorne 1). Brown believes that one night will not have any affect or change him. Brown has “confidence in his ability to indulge in the sin- whatever it was- once more and then resist all future temptations.” (McKeithan 2).... [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Allegory]
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