The year is 1729 and the Puritans are going about their daily life of strict, religious life. Nathaniel hawthorne is not part of this crowd but he likes to pick fun at their lifestyle. In "The Minister 's Black Veil" and "Young Goodman Brown" he does just that. In both these stories he makes fun of their idea that everything is a sign, and has a double meaning. These allegories that Hawthorne uses may confuse the average reader. In both stories there is something that has a meaning based on reality, and a more mystical meaning. The word faith, when used in "Young Goodman Brown" can either mean Faith, as in the name of Goodman 's wife, or faith in God. The black veil, is it just a veil, or does it have a deeper, darker meaning of sin?
The premiss of "Young Goodman Brown" is that Mr. Brown leaves his town and his wife Faith and travels through the forest, where he is tempted by the Devil and eventually caves in once he sees man others worshipping satan. When he falls into the pressure of the Devil he looses his faith in God. When Goodman was leaving town he and his wife Faith, exp...
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