Hawthorne Essay

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Hawthorne uses equivocalness also known as double meaning in his piece “Young Goodman Brown” to leave it up to the reader’s imagination on whether the events that were in the story were a dream or reality. In Young Goodman Brown there are many ways where the double meaning words and events are being used. A few examples are the use in the word faith, the pink ribbon, and also the way the night events have appeared to be a dream. First of all, Hawthorne uses the word faith as a double meaning in the story. The first way it is used is Young Goodman Brown wife’s name, and also used to portray his faith in God. As Young Goodman Brown approaches the old man in the forest he is asked why he is late and Goodman Brown responds with “Faith kept me back awhile”. It is clear to see that his reply is used as a double meaning because it has more than one meaning. In the beginning of the story, Faith had tried to stop Young Goodman Brown from going into the forest. Second, the pink ribbon that Faith wore was like a lifeline between Young Goodman Brown and his faith in God also. When the ribbon falls it serves as a reason for why he exclaimed “My Faith is gone!” Faith was wearing the pink ribbon before he left, but towards the end of the story, it had got blown away by the wind indicating that Faith had now possibly might have even lost her faith. However, at the very end of the story when Young Goodman Brown returns Faith is wearing her pink ribbon again. Last but not least, the story comes to an end now when Young Goodman Brown is asleep in the woods. It is then questioned if he had fallen asleep in the forest and it was only a dream all along. Hawthorne leaves the reader to be unclear id Young Goodman Brown was dreaming or not. We now as the readers do not know whether it was a dream or reality, so we leave it up to our imagination on how we see the story personally. All

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