At the beginning of the story, Goodman Brown has faith in the morality of his father and grandfather, until the old man, who is most likely the devil, tells him that he knew them both. Goodman Brown believes in the Christian stature of Goody Cloyse, the minister, and Deacon Goodkin, until the devil reveals to Brown that Goody Cloyse is a witch. Finally, he believes that Faith is pure, until the devil reveals at the ceremony that Faith is also full of sin. Faith, as her name gives a hint, appears to be the most pure person in the story. This indecisiveness exposes Goodman Brown’s lack of true religion.
Ulysses S. Grant once said, “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” In the Morality play “Everyman”, the topic of true friendship is examined. In the play, Everyman is confronted by Death who informs him that he must make his journey to make “a reckoning” with God. Unwilling to embark on this journey alone, Everyman solicits company from a number of different characters. While his friends offer to help at first, none of them follow through in the end.
His conscience is telling him he shouldn't lie or defy the court and then his death, hanging from the noose, can be a proud one, accepted with honour after making his love and more importantly his peace with God. However his natural instinct, given to him upon his birth is telling him to lie. That he should lose his good name, confess to dealing with witchcraft. Telling him to lose some, perhaps all the respect people have for him but to keep his life. To lose his dignity but to keep his life.
Eg. Kissing scene -Terry aspires to be ‘good’ like Edie, contributing significantly to his goal to redeem himself. -At first, Terry’s fear for standing up is seen when he always gives excuses to Edie, continuingly denying that he cannot help with the investigation of Joey’s death. He strives to be as good as Edie, (the glove scene supports this statement, he puts on her gloves, meaning that he wants to embrace Edie’s innocence blah blah Paragraph 2: Father Barry -Lead the longshoreman to stand up. -Initially, Father Barry was a priest who [hides in a church].
His journey leads him to leave the village which is a place of light and security to the forest which is a place of darkness, dangerous and unknown destination. Brown's first step in the forest considers as a victory to the id over the superego. Brown's meeting with the old man who is the devil himself shows Brown's confusion; weather to believe the old man or not. The devil shocked Brown, when he told him that his father and his grandfather were a servant to the devil; he meant by that that is Brown's destiny too. Brown's believe that they are''…a race of honest men and good Christians… "has faded (Guerin, 303).
Although people say that they would help in an emergency situation, people will pass the responsibility on to others because of fear, selfishness, and nonchalant thinking. I will give my thoughts and incorporate the story of The Good Samaritan in the following paragraphs on the concept of the bystander effect. The story of the Good Samaritan can be found in Luke 10:25-37. This story is about Jesus teaching the concept of love. A lawyer asks Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life.
Firstly the similarity of the themes of these two stories may not be completely obvious, but if analysed correctly one can tell they are definitely similar. The theme of the story “Young Goodman Brown” is the conflicts questioning people’s faith towards, and the temptations of evil. The character Goodman Brown gives into these temptations when he decides to take a walk to meet the devil, and leave his wife at home. In the story he finds out his whole community has also given in to temptation of evil when he discovers the Devil has recruited them. Coincidentally this theme is similar to the one of “The Cask of Amontillado.” In this story the theme is similar because it is also about one’s evil thoughts and impulses.
With Arthur getting killed by Absalom, Jarvis faces great difficulty in his life and shows he is the most complex throughout the story. Jarvis giving back to the people of Ndotsheni shows empathy of his son dying and learns that tragedy is a part of life, but can be overcome by focusing on what is good in life. The journey taken by Kumalo to Johannesburg was a good decision because he learns that just because he was a priest, he is human and cannot be perfect. Stephen receives a letter from a priest named Msimangu that states “…Her name is Gertrude Kumalo, and I understand she is the sister of the Rev. Stephen Kumalo, St. Mark’s Church, Ndotsheni.
What seems incomprehensible to reason is why God, an almighty and good being, would let Satan freely oppress Job, an innocent man. Despite the loss of his livestock and children, Job still displayed confidence in God’s will even though his gracious creator had let him suffer for no apparent reason. Disappointed and beaten, Satan, requests God to let him test Job once more. To let Job suffer in the first place seems unrighteous, however, God allows him to be tested again, even though Job still remained faithful to God after losing his children and means of living. In his second trial, huge and painful sores spread over Job’s body, but he continues to be loyal to God, in spite of his own wife suggesting to curse God for his suffering.
Lastly, Edgar’s crucial act of mercy led to his father Gloucester reaching an epiphany, that he was wrong by trusting Edmund. All three topics are relevant within Act IV and show how mercy is a critical aspect to life. I believe that mercy highly outweighs justice; mercy is the single most important quality to humankind which brings out peace. Whereas justice leads to an ongoing cycle of violence where nothing can get solved First, the mercy that King Lear willingly shows to Cordelia restores relationships. He openly states mercy towards Cordelia and says: “You do me wrong to take me out o’th’ grave: Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead” (IV vii 45-47) This statement portrays how Lear admits that he was wrong in the past.