Hawthorne's Hypocrisy

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Hawthorne’s Hypocrisy Write a response that considers the story as a criticism of the village’s hypocrisy. Goodman Brown, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story “Young Goodman Brown”, struggles with new found information he has observed about his community. This short story reveals an incredible amount of hypocrisy found in Brown’s village of Salem. The village people (specifically Goody Close, the minister, Deacon Gookin, Faith, and the old man) claim to have Christian moral standards, but their behavior contradicts said morals. Goodman Brown departs on a trip through the woods, and he tells his new wife, Faith, that he will not be gone for long. He feels bad for leaving her so soon after their marriage, but he vows to not leave her side after he returns from his hiatus. On his journey, Goodman Brown meets an old man who convinces him to travel deep into the woods for a ceremony. The old man is later identified as the devil, and Goodman Brown learns that he was on his way to the devil’s evil forest ceremony. On the way Brown learns that the devil knew his father and his grandfather. Brown thought that these two relatives were disciples of God that would never deviate from God’s path. After he learns this information, Brown was wary about attending the ceremony but states that even if he went he “will stand firm against the devil,” even though he found out that his father and grandfather did not (Hawthorne 329). However, when he suspects that his wife would be in attendance he went to the ceremony. When Brown arrives he is very perturbed with what he sees. Just like his father and grandfather, many village people that conducted themselves as holy Christians where really following the devil. Goody Close was one of them. In the village she could be seen teaching young children the word of the bible, and in fact she taught Goodman Brown “his catechism in

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