Misconceptions In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Throughout history, human beings have always been the species to quickly respond to what we see and hear, without even reasoning. Misconceptions occur when people have some “evidence”, that cannot be physically proven beyond doubt and many people believe it easily in our society. In the past centuries, the misconception and belief in witchcraft was found among the people of Salem Village in Massachusetts. People of Salem Village believed that people who worshipped devils get a supernatural power, magic, which they used to destroy or for evil use. Those beliefs lead innocent people to death. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown” is an entertaining fictional story about witches, devils, history, faith and family and has a link with the people involved in Witch Trails of 1692, in Salem Village, Massachusetts. To begin with Young Goodman Brown leaves his newly wed wife Faith and heads into the forest. He looks around, afraid of what might…show more content…
Hawthorne’s background and his stories include the puritanism. In “Young Goodman Brown” it demonstrates about the devil, supernatural power, witches and family. Brown sees the most respected members of his religious community are suspected as devils and has supernatural powers, including his own wife Faith. When he returns village next day, he cannot bear to look at those villagers the same way. Brown fails to recognize the humanity as happens in witch trials were judges fails to find the meaning of humanity. Judges in trials acted inhumanly and killed those innocent people. Judges cannot differentiate between good and bad as Brown characters shows in the story. Brown believed in to what he sees and lives unhappily. He dies without regrets but, in a miserable condition, where Judges in Salem Witch Trials felt guilty about what they

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