Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
This paper discusses the symbolism of Salem witchcraft in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown".
# 83653 | 675 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper relates that the symbolic characters of Satan, Goody Cloyse and even Martha Carrier represent symbolic characterizations of witchcraft within Salem. The author points out that the female witch is a powerful symbol of witchcraft but only through the root of all evil within Satan's power of illusion. The paper states that, by presenting Satan as the seed of all destruction, immorality and deviance, the symbol of witchcraft lies within Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" making it a tale of good verses evil.

From the Paper:

"This literary analysis presents the evils present in witchcraft within the story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. By analyzing the characters within this tale, one can discover the various symbols of witchcraft that depict evils that Goodman Brown must overcome in the forest. In this manner, the aspects of symbolic witchcraft are related by the main characters opposing the Bible, which, in turn, depict the nature of witchcraft that abounds in the plot structure of Hawthorne's classic tale of good verses evil. Young Goodman Brown, the main character in Hawthorne's tale, must ultimately search for a greater faith. When he ventures into the forest, he meets his catechism teacher Goody Cloyse, but finds that her faith is challenged."

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