Young Goodman Brown Character Analysis

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The Journey of “YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN” “A&P” In the short stories “Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “A & P”, by John Updike we meet two characters who embark on separate but equally important journeys. The journey experienced in “Young Goodman Brown” is a classic archetype where the main character must conquer his fears before the end of the story. In contrast, in the story “A & P”, Sammy only needed a slight push to overcome his fears to mature from a boy to a man. In both short stories, “Young Goodman Brown” and “A & P”, the author’s use settings, characters and symbolism to support the archetype of “the journey”. The setting in the story “Young Goodman Brown” contributes greatly to the overall feeling of the piece. In the very beginning we know that it takes place in Salem because it states that the main character, “came…show more content…
The journey that Goodman Brown takes itself is a symbol of good versus evil. He is curious about what is happening out in the forest so he meets up with the “man” or devil who takes him on a journey to see a ceremony and along the way he sees many things that make him think twice. He actually asks himself this question, “What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow?” (155) The man’s staff is gnarled and twisted like a snake which can be thought of as the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve. The staff also acted as a tool to help him move through the forest at a quicker pace. When he leaves his wife at the beginning of the story, her pink ribbons symbolize her virtue and goodness but somewhere in the course of the evening he lost the meanings of those pink ribbons and only saw what Faith might have done while in the forest. “Faith! Faith!” cried the husband, “look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one.” “Whether Faith obeyed he knew not.” (162) The pink ribbons now symbolized doubt and fear instead of virtue and

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