Period 1 AP Literature & Composition 24 October 2014 Analysis of Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, Young Goodman Brown, the devil’s staff symbolizes the inevitable loss of innocence that will arise from the temptation of the sinful nature of man, probing at the idea that no one is truly pure. The beginning of Young Goodman Brown starts off with a sense of mystery and suspense. The audience understands that Goodman Brown is going on a “journey” in the woods of Salem. Hawthorne depicts Brown as a man who takes pride in his faith and his family. Shortly after he starts his journey, he meets with the mysterious traveler with a serpent on his staff.
Antigone placed a curse on creon and soon he starts to realize what he has done and so he decides to not kill Antigone, and let her be free. In conclusion heamon finally persuades his dad, with the help of Antigone, that he shouldn’t kill Antigone because she was being loyal to her family and following gods
A Chilling Transformation Chillingworth, the name alone evokes ideas of coldness, darkness, wickedness, loneliness, and this idea is no different from the man who carries this name, Roger Chillingworth, a man incapable of human love. Yet he had not always been this evil or wicked, and in fact he seemed to be quite the opposite. The reader learns that Chillingworth was an intelligent physician, a man dedicated to helping others, who would spend hours alone studying diligently, and one cannot feel sorry for him when he arrives at the colony to see his wife upon the scaffold. But what could drive a man to become the cold, distant, shell of his former self? It seems to be the age old story of love and heartbreak.
Everette, and the viewers, think that his life will get better when the flood is over, that he will believe in God, leave the con life and his wife Penny will come back to him. Everette ends up saying that there has to be a scientific explanation for the flood, he stays a con man, and his wife Penny doesn’t want him because he doesn’t get her the ring she wants. This is another example of how life gets worse or stays as bad when we think it will change for the
Abigail is supported by her uncle Reverend Parris who further instructs Susanna to ‘Go directly home and speak nothing of unnatural causes.’ The use of imperatives ‘go’ suggests a tone of urgency and insecurity. Miller presents Reverend Parris as one of the people in Salem who sees sense as he denies the presence of ‘unnatural things’ however the reader later realizes that he says this because he wants to save his reputation. The reader is told that Reverend Parris has ‘enemies’ and they will ‘ruin’ him if they were to find that his daughter ‘trafficked with spirits in the forest’. This suggests that as a community they are not at peace, they have enemies that can ruin them forever. Millers use of stage direction demonstrates Parris’s anxiety ’his eyes going wide’ As a minister of the church he should not be feeling anxious however in the community where he lives he has to be anxious as news spreads fast and accusations start and then there is the beginning of a witch
Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband” argues how an individual should live life on Earth opposed to the Puritan belief that one should devote all their time to God in order to seek salvation. Bradstreet opens up with the paradox: “If ever two were one, then surely we.” This paradox defies logic because it is impossible for two individuals to be one. It emphasizes Bradstreet’s love to her husband because she is stating that their love was beyond logic connoting that her love for her husband wasn’t rational, that it was something more. This brings on the ideology of marital unity, which their souls were joined together into one entity opposed to a representation of two individual beings, emphasizing that their love was everlasting. This denounces Puritan belief because only one individual was above reasoning and rationalization, God.
She is the source of faith and a citadel type place for Linda to go when she loses in hope in what she is doing and fighting for. Conversely, in this final chapter of the book as she is in the city, she realizes even in the North she dare not disrupt the way society works and enter the church and worship God. This is the last of many time that Linda thinks god has let her down because he does not even let them worship him in these dark times. But she is fully content with him once again when she is notified of her
O’Connor suggests that, in a violent world, all of us find it hard to have faith with such negative surroundings. The reader is left to wonder if the grandmother was ever really a true believer in Jesus and prayer or if she just was trying to save her own life. In “A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Overview”, Arthur F. Kinney observes the thoughts of The Misfit as the grandmother makes her last attempt to connect with him. And when the grandmother reaches out to him, dressed in her son’s shirt, in a vision of him as her son, The Misfit gets the love he wants and denies…He cannot accept an act of grace because he is too aware of his own sins
From the start, Goodman Brown shows conceit, and up until the very end Brown pays the consequences for his weaknesses. Brown shows conceit when he leaves Faith, his wife, behind in order to test his own will to resist evil. Faith, of course, is a metaphor for Goodman Brown’s faith in humanity as a whole. Brown is willing to leave his faith behind for the mere test of his own will; his over-confidence is blatant at this point. Of course, Brown is able to make excuses, such as “…after this on night I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven” , yet despite his excuses, the fact still remains-Brown is willing to give up his faith to test his will to resist temptation.
Death of a Hired Man by Robert Frost In the poem “The Death of a Hired Man” by Robert Frost the journey back to home Silas comes to die, and the controversy going on between the wife and the husband affects their marital relationship. The wife believes that silas should be able to come home to die on the other hand the husband harbors no hard feelings toward Silas, and is against allowing him to return. Representation of home, Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / they have to take you in.” Yet Mary counters quietly with a definition of home that recalls the theology of grace, the free outpouring of divine love and mercy: “I should have called it / something you somehow haven’t to deserve.” The rest of the poem recounts her analysis of the hired-hands plight, who arguments have indeed come too late, and Frost has with devastating understatement revealed the callous soul of the Puritan heritage, what Carl Van Doren called the “unadventurous and utilitarian attitude of the Yankee rustic.” Representation of home to the husband “Warren’s definition of home offers an example of Frost’s memorable and witty statements of familiar feelings. But Frost implies that condensed and pithy expressions cut several ways: they “ring true,” but they also acknowledge the necessarily approximate and “not-quite-rightness “of language.” Reaction of wife and husband when silas comes home represents difficulty expressed by the husband and difficulty expressed by the wife, Mary expresses this difficulty when she says, “I know just how it feels/too thing of the right thing to say too late.” Her expression is itself a perfectly condensed statement- a statement about the very inability to make sure statements when emotional urgency “He’s worn out. He’s asleep beside the stove.