Analysis Of `` Hawthorne 's `` Young Goodman Brown ``

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War and Loss Not all of us are able to experience something so horrendous, such as war, but those that do, may not come back entirely the same. War changes one’s perception about reality and interferes with daily living, relationships, and how one sees the world. Goodman Brown in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” is a symbol for our soldiers and their loss of innocence during their journey from war. Goodman Brown is a good and confident man, much like our soldiers are, but are they are also naïve. Goodman has only been married but three months, and yet he must leave his newlywed to embark on a quest. The soldiers, like Goodman Brown do not know what is ahead for them, or what they are getting themselves into. Once they start their journey, there is no going back, “so that with lonely footsteps [they] may yet be passing through an unseen multitude” (Hawthorne 1). Goodman voluntarily travels through the woods in order to embark on his quest; while our soldiers are thrown into the atmosphere, with no options to leave, to a foreign place where no "good" man has ever left. War consumes who you are, your identity and spits out a version of yourself, but you are never quite the same again. "For they tell me there is a nice young man to be taken into communion to-night" (Hawthorne 4). Goodman 's soul is going to be consumed by war. The nice young man that was, is no longer going to be. “By the sympathy of your human hearts for sin ye shall scent out all the
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