Given Nathaniel Hawthorne's background, it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that Young Goodman Brown is a critique of Puritanism. Hawthorne lived in the deeply scarred New England area, separated from puritanism by only one generation. His grandfather had been one the judges who presided over the Salem Witch trials. Some of the principle motifs that run through Hawthorne's works are hidden sin, the supernatural, and the influence of evil. Ironically enough, puritanism is also a part of those tales. What then is the moral/ philosophical import of Young Goodman Brown? It suggests, in an allegorical sense, that puritanism is a deceptive religion that creates a false reality; one to which it is not righteous to belong.
In an allegorical sense, one can say that Faith is a representation of Puritanism. When Goodman Brown leaves his "faith" to make "haste on his present evil purpose(Guerin, 375)," one tends to view his "faith" as virtuous, in that it contrasts with his "evil purpose." But let us examine the ...
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- Nathaniel Hawthorne is a well known 19th century author. One reason he is well known is his view towards Puritanism. Hawthorne would often criticize Puritanism in his short stories and novels. Two short stories that show Hawthorne’s view of Puritanism are “Young Goodman Brown” and “The ministers black veil”. In “Young Goodman Brown” Hawthorne uses the hypocritical nature of Young Goodman Browns neighbors and friends to show the hypocritical nature of the puritan people. In the story, Young Goodman Brown is led by the devil to a witching party in the woods.... [tags: Puritanism]
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- ... Ah forsooth, and it is your worship" (Hawthorne 389). During this exchange, Hawthorne again reminds the reader of the importance of family connections and history when Goody Cloyse remarks on the resemblance of the devil to Goodman Brown's grandfather. This marked resemblance between Goodman Brown, his forefathers, and the devil mirrors the guilt felt by Hawthorne over his forefathers' actions implying that children inherit the sins of their ancestors. Ronan states "the devil is said physically to resemble Goodman Brown, his father, and his grandfather, a disguise fashioned, in all likelihood, to suggest to the young Puritan that it would be natural for him to join Satan as well" (268).... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novels, character analysis]
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- Rigidity of Puritanism Exposed in Young Goodman Brown Proverbs 10:28 implies the idea of the universality of sin in saying "The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing." In "Young Goodman Brown", Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates this through Brown's actions. When Brown lives a righteous life with good faith, his thoughts remain pure and happy. He has a wonderful wife, and he enjoys the presence of everyone. As he takes his walk into the forest and into evil ways, his hopes and faith disappear. He no longer loves his wife in the same way, and he despises everyone whom people consider were holy. When he loses his faith, he los... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is an excellent example of the use of allegories and symbolism as a form of satire on Puritan faith. According to Frank Preston Stearns, author of The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Hawthorne may have intended this story as an exposure of the inconsistency, and consequent hypocrisy, of Puritanism” (Stearns 181). Throughout the story of “Young Goodman Brown,” Hawthorne tries to infuse as many symbols and allegories as he can to enhance the overall meaning of his story.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Satire, Puritanism]
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- Innocence lost through Puritanism. To truly comprehend the themes in "Young Goodman Brown" you must first understand the influences on Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing. According to the website Hawthorneinsalem.org, Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, son of also a Nathaniel Hawthorne, was actually a descendant of John Hathorne, one of the judges who oversaw the Salem Witch Trials. Because of Hawthorne's Puritan upbringing, much of writings are moral allegories set in colonial New England.... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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- The Internal Conflicts of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne In Young Goodman Brown the theme is not only centered on religious hypocrisy (falsely claiming to have certain religious morals) but also on the internal conflicts of Young Good Man Brown. A basic rundown of the story is that one fateful evening Young Good Man Brown decides to attend a meeting of the black Sabbath. On the way there he come across various people who are also on there way there .These include the devil, Goody Cloys (his catechism teacher), deacon Gookin and the local minister.... [tags: Hawthorne Young Goodman Brown]
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- Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbolism throughout his short story Young Goodman Brown to impact and clarify the theme of good people sometimes doing bad things. Hawthorne uses a variety of light and dark imagery, names, and people to illustrate irony and different translations. Young Goodman Brown is a story about a man who comes to terms with the reality that people are imperfect and flawed and then dies a bitter death from the enlightenment of his journey through the woods.... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Goodman Essays]
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- “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains much symbolism. The symbols take many forms from the setting to the characters. The symbols can be viewed as just part of the story line, but apon further thought they represent many different things. Faith, Brown’’s wife, is a symbol herself. When he says, ““My love and my Faith,”” he is using his wife as a symbol and is really referring to his love and faith in God. He goes on to say ““this one night I must tarry away from thee.”” He means that he must part from his faith in God to carry on with his journey.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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- Good and Evil in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne In “Young Goodman Brown,” there is a fight between good and evil with one main character being torn between the two sides and every other character seemingly on one side or the other through the reader’s view, although many characters do deceive Goodman Brown about whether they are good or evil. This fight between the two sides and the deception that causes confusion for Goodman Brown is the source of tension throughout the entire story.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne Essays]
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