The old man who seems innocuous is a devil, his catechism teacher is taking part in secret evil rituals, and even his wife appears in on the action. Not only is almost everyone Goodman Brown meets very duplicitous, but even objects take on a dual nature.
When all good Puritans perform their evening routines to prepare for a good night of sleep in their homes, Goodman Brown goes out on a mysterious journey into the dark and gloomy forest to meet with his evil companion, the devil himself.
Nothing stops him, not even his dear Faith or her fears. A lot happens while he is out.
But then, the devil highlights some events that do not put his ancestors in a good light. But the more he learns, the more that belief is decimated. When he starts off his journey, Young Goodman Brown thinks highly of all his religious acquaintances, all the religious figures. Goody Cloyse, for example.
Goodman Brown is taken by a feeling of disgust. He is starting to change; he feels the pain of discovering the true evil in all he once believed was pure and good.
But he still has hope. That troubled night, he sees Faith among the wicked. What can she be doing there? More and more is revealed to him So all the ones he thinks he knew for their good deeds, caring hearts and honesty, he concludes are indeed wicked.
Even his wife takes part in the communion with the devil! That last revelation was too much for him to take; it was the coup de grace for him.
His view of life and his attitude towards everything will never be the same again. When he comes back in the morning, he cannot see Goody Cloyse the same way as before.
When he comes back in the morning, he cannot see the minister the same way as before. When he comes back in the morning, he cannot see Deacon Gookin the same way as before.
When he comes back in the morning, he cannot listen to the hymn at the meeting house the same way as before. He now has the sinner lyrics he heard the night before stuck in his head. When he comes back in the morning, he cannot look at his wife the same way as before.
She was happy to see him, but that feeling was not reciprocal. He is not happy to see her again. His relationship with her is now of a distant man, no love in his heart.
There is no indication of whether it was all a dream or all that Young Goodman Brown went through really happened that night, but that experience changed Young Goodman Brown for life and shaped his view and behavior towards others. What he experiences that night makes him change and see only dark and evil in all.
And that is how he lived his life after leaving faith behind and becoming a bitter, dry and cynical man. Poor Young Goodman Brown! Works Cited Hawthorne, Nathaniel.In the story of young Goodman brown the Author of the story, Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses symbolic characters that represent life.
In the story, Young Goodman Brown goes into a journey into the cold, dark, and lonely forest. Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown' is a short story that's rich in meaning. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot points, themes, characters, and symbols.
[In the following essay, Easterly discusses Hawthorne's use of lachrymal, or tear, imagery in “Young Goodman Brown,” emphasizing Brown's inability to cry either out of sorrow for others or in. Published: Mon, 5 Dec Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne recounts the riveting dream of a young man from Salem.
In the dream, Goodman Brown comes to a defining moment with evil and is enforced to observe the nature of evil in the world. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Young Goodman Brown," the reader is introduced to a young man who has made a conscious decision to go into the forest to meet with Satan.
Most critical analysis of this short story finds that there are a lot of references to the period of time around the Salem. Young Goodman Brown," was written in year of by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is identified for being one of literature's most fascinating interpreters of seventeenth-century Puritan culture.
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