Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown," the author uses imagery and symbolism to hold the attention of the reader. The reader must not look at Young Goodman Brown as just a suspenseful story but also see the many forms of symbolism and images the author uses. Hawthorne shows that a strong faith is the greatest benefit of a man or woman, and when that faith is compromised, the effects of this can cause one to be filled with doubt and distrust toward the rest of the world. Goodman Brown does show he has a strong faith through symbolism before he enters the forest and sometimes during his journey to the black mass. Hawthorne uses the very name of Goodman Brown's wife, Faith, as a symbol of Goodman Brown's own faith throughout the story. Goodman Brown's strong faith can be seen through the initial description of Faith: "And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap", Hawthorne suggests she is pure and innocent, as is Goodman Brown's own faith. Also, the reassuring replies Goodman Brown gives to Faith suggest that his faith cannot be weakened, "'Amen!” Cried Goodman Brown. “Says thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee”. Goodman Brown sets off on his journey with a strong will and an excellent resolve for the future. Goodman Brown also shows he believes in his faith while he ventures through the forest when the dark figure urges Goodman Brown to go with him. The characters Goodman Brown sees on his journey through the forest and his experience at the black Sabbath are good examples of imagery. When Goodman Brown is initially approached by the dark figure in the forest and is told he is late, Goodman Brown replies, "Faith kept me back awhile". Again the name of his wife symbolizes Goodman Brown's own
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