“Young Goodman Brown” is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne; this literary work entails a young man’s journey into the woods one night as he stumbles upon a variety of people who will change his life forever, but not for the better. The overall tone for the passage is more skeptical in the beginning as Brown tries to figure out his stand on the subject of his Puritan faith, however, it shifts towards a traffic tenor at the end as he lives with the consequences of his choices from the night in the woods when he decided to walk along side with the weary old traveler. The symbolism of this passage is so robust, with such great significance behind it. Young Brown proclaims...
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...mptation from other courses can either allow for one to break away from the faith he or she had been closely connected to at one point or brings one closer to the faith occupied. For Young Goodman Brown, he allowed for the devil to get in the way between himself and his faith, corrupting his remaining life and eliminating the ability for him to see any good in the world around. For Mrs. Turpin, the saving grace helped her realize the way she had been treating others and viewing society was not the path to follow along, saving her from a world of loneliness and sorrow. It is the simple ability to know where or not to accept or deny the temptation to overtake one’s life, including his or her faith, to either make or break one’s life forever. A person can only ask themselves which way they would honestly allow an onlooker’s temptation to sway or strengthen their faith.
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