Faith plays an important role that functions a an allegorical figure throughout Goodman Brown’s diabolic journey. For example, at the beginning of the story, young Goodman Brown comes late to his meeting with the old man, as a result , he excused himself by stating “Faith kept me back”(Hawthorne pg. 387). Besides Faith being her wife’s name, it is an allegory for religious faith. Furthermore, Goodman Brown is aware that is is late to be out in the woods; therefore, he debates whether he should return home to his wife Faith and continue to practice his religion as a good Christian, or to continue his path through the dark and wild forest? Nonetheless, he stays in the woods, but this time to search for his faith; both his wife and religious beliefs (pg. 392). Goodman Brown knows that his faith has been lost after he saw a “[ pink ribbon] fluttered lightly down through the air, and caught on the branch of a tree” (pg. 392). Moreover, the pink ribbon is a symbol from her wife faith which represent...
... middle of paper ...
...391). Unexpectedly, Faith, the person whom he thought was pure and innocent has been trapped by evil, and Goodman has no choice but to give in to evil--”Brown grasp his staff and set forth again” (pg. 391). Goodman Brown’s characters have changed maliciously, he was now fearless that evil got him to yell blasphemies against God (pg. 392). Overall, the Old man was right, any good Christian, just like young Goodman Brown is capable to be part of evil.
Hawthorne used his three main characters as his allegoric figures to emphasize the importance that even though an individual believes themselves as a good person, in the inside they are not because as the old man mention anyone on earth are capable of walking through sin. It is impossible for someone not to follow the devil 's footsteps, for evil is in our nature according to the old man from the wild woods.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Plot Young Goodman Brown embarks on a midnight journey through a dark and foreboding forest, on his way to fulfill his “present evil purpose.” He leaves his wife Faith behind, this being the type of errand he doesn’t wish to expose her to. Faith in Goodman Brown’s eyes is a good woman and “a blessed angel on Earth.” (Hawthorne, 1835) Although she wishes for him to stay, and he too feels guilty for leaving her to attend to this errand, he knows he must complete this task and knows that to mar her with the evil of it would taint her pureness of heart forever.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Religion]
1327 words (3.8 pages)
- Young Goodman Brown is about to take a journey through the gloomy woods. As he sets off, his wife of three months pleads with him not to go because she has dreamed that something bad is going to happen while he is gone. He tells her, "Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee." He does think about staying and not going on his errand, but talks himself out of it saying that after this one trip he will stay with her forever. This is the plot summary of "Young Goodman Brown" written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.... [tags: American Literature]
519 words (1.5 pages)
- There is nothing but black all around the forest. Only the stars shine bright as the dark trees and path calls forth the treacherous Indians and shadows of the night. Bushes close behind as mysterious sounds race underfoot. There is even a smidge of black in the good man’s heart, whose owner is walking through the sea of dark with an equally, if not more, serpent-like staff carrying dark companion. This respectable man is Young Goodman Brown, as portrayed in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”.... [tags: A Summary]
859 words (2.5 pages)
- Leaving his wife for one night only young goodman brown enters the forest with bad intentions. Even more hoping his wife doesnt find out about his secret family history,as he makes along his journey can be oh so tragic. However the setting of the story takes place in salem village along the wilderness and back. While Mr brown continues his trip throughout the forest the scenary of the story becomes darker and darker along the way. Hawron the author uses characters as well as signifacnat objects to give an overall theme of the story good vs evil.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Goodman, God]
1199 words (3.4 pages)
- The Development of Plot in Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village; but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife. And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap while she called to Goodman Brown. “Dearest heart,” whispered she, softly and rather sadly, when her lips were close to his ear, “prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to–night.... [tags: Literary Analysis Summary Essays]
5238 words (15 pages)
- Analysis of Young Goodman Brown "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorne is a short story that is very interesting, as well as entertaining. This essay will first provide a brief summary of the story, followed by an analysis of the importance of symbolism. The nature of evil will then be discussed as it relates to the control of the mind of a once naive and innocent goodman Brown. The climax of the story will be analyzed and the evil within this passage will be discussed and related to the final downfall of goodman Brown.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
1515 words (4.3 pages)
- Initially, of course, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary works went unranked among those of other American and British writers. But his reputation grew gradually even among contemporary critics, until he was recognized as a “man of genius.” Edgar Allen Poe, in a review of Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” which had been written 12 years prior, said in Godey's Lady's Book, November, 1847, no. 35, pp. 252-6: It was never the fashion (until lately) to speak of him in any summary of our best authors.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
1266 words (3.6 pages)
- The theme of rebirth is a widely-varying one. It can be a sad, dark rebirth or a beautiful and bright one. Whichever path it takes, this theme follows along a general guideline. It first shows how someone or something is in the beginning, an event that occurs, and how this event changes them. They are reborn into someone or something new. The short stories “Young Goodman Brown,” “Cathedral,” and “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” all share the theme of rebirth. While “Young Goodman Brown” is a dark rebirth, “Cathedral” and “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” have beautiful, bright rebirths.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown, Goodman]
2049 words (5.9 pages)
- The Allegory of Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is an allegory, though an allegory with deficiencies, with tensions existing between the reader and the story. Peter Conn in “Finding a Voice in an New Nation” explains Hawthorne’s style of allegorizing and how it creates unwanted tensions for the reader: He once planned to call a group of his stories “Allegories of the Heart,” and in that unused title he summed up much of his method and his subject.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
2230 words (6.4 pages)
- The Allegorical Young Goodman Brown The story about Young Goodman Brown centers around the allegory of a man pitted against his past and his desires to reach beyond that which his benighted heaven would put before him. The allegory is Christian due to the references in Young Goodman Brown to the devil and Satan; it only seems logical that the crux of the story is based upon the religious imagery of Hawthorne's New England in the times of Salem and active religious strife. The beginning of the story mentions the goodman's wife, Faith.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
633 words (1.8 pages)
- The Importance Of Accounting With A Minor Of Human Resources
- The Organizational Development Director Is Responsible For The Training And Development Of All Members Of The Respective Organization
- My Experience At The Culinary Institute Of America
- I 'm Saving Myself For Marriage
- Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' Song Of Myself '
- The Advertisement Is Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies