"Young Goodman Brown"
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This paper examines how Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" details the temptation and eventual disillusionment of a young Puritan man, who, when confronted with the massive possible hypocrisy of the community in which he lives, is unable to adapt successfully to a portrait of the world that does not live up to his romantic ideals. It looks at how Hawthorne weaves enough structural ambiguity into the story to make it unclear for both the reader and for Brown just what the actual reality is and how, at its conclusion, we are left to a realm of unknowns and suspicion as much as he is. It shows how, ultimately, the story of "Young Goodman Brown" is the story of a young man who, once his romantic ideals about the world are tested, lapses instead into a cynicism and frustration that represents the completely opposite end of the spectrum.
From the Paper:"Nathaniel Hawthorne's Story "Young Goodman Brown" opens with a brief exchange between Young Goodman Brown and his wife, Faith, whose very name points to an obvious symbolic dimension of her character in the story. We discover quickly in their exchange of dialogue that they are newlyweds, very much in love. Indeed, the fact that they are newly married, as well as the title of "young" that precedes Goodman Brown's name all inform us that the are both new to the world of independent experience, that the still possess many romantic illusions about life, and that they are generally inexperienced. Yet, at their otherwise sweet parting, there is a strangeness. Faith asks her husband not to depart on his unspecified errand and suggests that she has had some sort of premonition, a premonition that Young Goodman Brown himself seems to share."
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