Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' Young Goodman Brown '

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Hawthorne 's Ideal Woman In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short stories, "Young Goodman Brown", "The Minister 's Black Veil", and "The Birthmark", he provides us with female characters with very similar attributes, and they all have the same inhuman acceptance for the men they love. No matter what is thrown at these three unprecedented women they still show a extreme tolerance for their companions. While Goodman Brown, Mr. Hooper, and Aylmer struggle with their own appalling desires, their partners continue to follow them even though it might put them in danger. Hawthorne duplicates the same type of female character throughout his short stories, and it could be interpreted that he feels women should follow their men no matter what the risk. It is possible that in his own idea, woman should be completely submissive to their companions, despite the fact that those companions are struggling with their own troubled minds. Those same men who would not sacrifice some of their own happiness in order to keep their women content, and in some cases keep them alive. This can be seen throughout the three short stories, and in all three, the women are the ones who sacrifice themselves in order to keep their partners feeling fulfilled. In "Young Goodman Brown", Hawthorne provides us with a young man struggling with his own faith, and he is willing to leave his wife behind in order to figure out what he wants. In return, his wife Faith disappears in a satanic ritual. She mentions that she is
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