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- Nathaniel Hawthorne comes from an interesting background. He was born in Salem and later returned to live there. He was a descendant of William Hathorne, a puritan judge who persecuted Quakers, and John Hathorne, a puritan magistrate who participated in the Salem witch trials.
- The short story ?Young Goodman Brown? by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story of a man, Goodman Brown, who comes to find out that the people he surrounds himself with are not perfect. During a journey testing his faith, a traveler, the devil, is able to use Brown?s naivete against him.
- After Faith asks Goodman not to depart that night, pleading, “pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year”, he answers her saying , “my journey must be done.” He then questions the sincerity of her “peculiar” plea asking whether she doubts him.
- This story is one that is well-written while at the same time one that makes you think. We observe the main character, Goodman Brown, a somewhat common man, go from seeking goodness and perfection to the exact opposite: ending up in total failure and alienating himself from humanity.
- “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work is typically fraught with symbolism, much of it deriving from his Puritan ancestry; a great-great uncle was actually a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials” (Roth 76). Not surprisingly, Hawthorne was obsessed with the twin themes of sin and guilt.
- ” When he says his “love” and his “Faith”, he is talking to his wife, but he is also talking to his “faith” to God. He is venturing into the woods to meet with the Devil, and by doing so, he leaves his unquestionable faith in God with his wife.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne s short story of Young Goodman Brown is a reflection of the Puritan faith as well as man s conflict between good and evil. This analysis will emphasize on the theme of Young Goodman Brown as well Hawthorne s usage of symbolism and allegories throughout the story.
- Setting of “Young Goodman Brown”byBen Sapp The short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a classical story of the human race. It is about the need of a young Christian man, goodman Brown, to come to terms with his own sinful nature and the sinful natures of the people around him.
- The main focus of the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the triumph of evil over good. A supposedly good man is tempted by evil and allows himself to be converted into a man of evil. In this short story, the area where the devil resides is in the forest.
- Faith, and the struggle to keep it, is the theme of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown.” In this story, Hawthorne gives Goodman Brown’s wife the name of Faith for the obvious symbolism and irony it creates. Throughout the story, Goodman Brown is constantly trying to keep his religious faith, which is lost, somewhat, when his wife, Faith, submits to evil.
- In the story Young Goodman Brown a Puritan man confronts and tries to deal with the fact all of the people he thought were god-faring people infact worshiped satin. His Puritanical background was such that he was unable to deal with the possibility of this and he lost his faith and lived an unhappy life.
- Life is, and always has been, a battle between good and evil. From the time we are small children, we are taught the differences between wrong and right, between bad and good. Nathaniel Hawthorne recognized this eternal battle, and his short story ?Young Goodman Brown? is an excellent example of what a battle it can be.
- In the short story ?Young Goodman Brown? written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the settings play a major role in the story. The significance of the setting start right off in the Village of Salem and lead us into the journey of the woods, where are character Goodman Brown has an experience that will change his life forever.
- Most criticism and reflection of Nathaniel Hawthorne?s “Young Goodman Brown” centers on the theme of good versus evil. Critics, also, debate interpretations of the main character?s consciousness; is Young Goodman Brown awake or dreaming? What is certain is that he lives and dies in pain because his belief in his righteousness leads him to isolate himself from his community.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne?s work is typically fraught with symbolism, much of it deriving from his puritan ancestry. Not surprisingly, Hawthorne was obsessed with the themes of sin and guilt. John Roth notes that ?A number of recurring thematic patterns and character types appear in Hawthorne?s novels and tales? (Roth 76).
- A scapegoat is someone who is blamed for the mistakes or crimes of another. The term scapegoat may have some similarity to the ancient Greek term tragos ode , which literally means goat song. This connection comes about in the symbolic meaning of the word goat.
- Evil that was revealed through his works. ?Young Goodman Brown? was said to be one of the best stories ever written by Hawthorne (Adams70). ?The Marble Faun: and ?the Scarlett Letter were some of the other stories written by Hawthorne, and they were said to be ?Young Goodman Brown? grown older.
- Goodman Brown was not asleep in this short story. As I read, I believed that Goodman did indeed meet the devil in the forest. If he had indeed dreamt about the trip he was sent on and meeting the devil, I think his nervousness would have been described in more detail then it was.
- Most criticism and reflection of Nathaniel Hawthorne?s Young Goodman Brown centers on a good versus evil theme. Critics also debate interpretations of the main character?s consciousness; is Brown awake or dreaming. What is certain is that he lives and dies in pain because his belief in his righteousness isolates him from his community.
- Short stories, when written by the same author, vary by subject but sometimes contain similar themes. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an entertaining writer who wrote many such stories. Two among his works have some striking similarities. “Young Goodman Brown” and “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” both were written within three years of each other by Hawthorne (1832-1835).