Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown" is an allegorical account of a young man's journey one dark night into the forest outside of Salem to meet with the Devil. The paper discusses how, after the night of his journey, Brown can never look at another person without seeing that individual's hidden sin and hypocrisy and he loses his faith in religion, along with his faith in mankind. The paper focuses on the theme of truths in the novel, especially the one truth emphasized by Hawthorne, that every human, no matter how pious he or she claims to be, has not only the potential to be a sinner in thought and action, but also has committed some sort of sin.
From the Paper:"Oblivious to everything except man's potential to sin, Brown becomes suspicious of every person with whom he comes into contact. He begins to see evil where none exists. Returning home from his journey the following morning, Brown observes Goody Cloyse catechizing a young girl of the village. Brown ". . . [snatches] away the child, as from the grasp of the fiend himself" (128). At this moment, he forgets that Goody is the godly woman who once taught him his own catechism. From then on, Brown is "a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man" and finds listening to the church congregation sing psalms, as well as hearing the minister preach, almost unbearable. Indeed, being in church causes him to "turn pale, dreading, lest the roof should thunder down upon the gray blasphemer and his hearers" (129)."
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