Character Faith in "Young Goodman Brown"
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This paper explains that, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown", the two important characters are the protagonist, Brown and his wife Faith, whose role in the story is small but significant and symbolic. The author relates that the story revolves around a man's journey into the heart of darkness to discover the strength of his own faith, which is a weak power that easily can be suppressed by evil forces. The paper asserts that Hawthorne aptly named the wife Faith because, throughout the story, she acts as the force that stands opposed to evil and because references to Faith depict the various stages and forms of Brown's faith at different points in the story.
From the Paper:"Faith is a pretty young woman who recently got married to Brown. She is an innocent person and pink ribbons are symbolically used to depict her beauty and purity. "And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the soft ribbons of her cap." Faith wants Brown to postpone his journey so the two can enjoy each other's company. At this point in their relationship, the power of Faith should be the strongest since they are newlyweds. It is that power which delays his journey by a few hours. When questioned by his evil companion, Brown confesses: "Faith kept me back a while.""
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