Loss Of Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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In Corinthians, St. Paul said, "We ought to live our life's by faith and not by sight." However what if our sight becomes stronger than our faith and what faith you though you had, perishes by the reality in front of you. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Young Goodman Brown", the principles and morals of the main character are put in doubt when a series of events cause him to question his real faith. Further on, his Christian values become an object of ridicule and his only nature becomes sin itself. However faith was an important part of his life and his childhood principles were the reason behind his good deeds. Therefor, what drives Goodman Brown to lose his faith and what were the living roots behind his faith? In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to man who is in the brink of falling into an untraveled path, but feels…show more content…
The men and women,with whom he delighted with and thought highly of, become recipients of critical and condemning suppositions. He then begins to live by sight and not by faith. In the beginning of the story, Hawthorne introduce Goodman Brown as a faithful Christian, but it is not until the troubles and hardships come that we are able to see his real faith. Following his lost of faith, the main character falls into a path of self destruction and unethical behavior. He begins to lived by what he had seen experienced rather than by faith and hope. In the last paragraph Hawthorne, introduces Goodman Brown as an insecure and fearful character, in which his suspicions become the reason for him to lose his faith. "A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distasteful, if not a desperate man, did he become, from the night of that fearful dream."(271) Further more, Goodman Browns life continues, with doubt,uncertainty, and without faith,:"They carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone; for his dying hour was

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