Analysis Of Nathaniel 's ' Young Goodman Brown '

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Rosse Karely Velez Professor Faucette ENG 123 12 April 2015 Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorn’s “Young Goodman Brown” has many symbols that tie to the theme. The symbols take many forms from the settings to the characters. Symbolism is used as a means to discover the truth about some characters. Hawthorne “placed them (his characters) amid settings and objects that gave symbolic expression to their inward states” (Conn 111). The symbols can be seen as just part of the storyline but when you take a further look and analyze the story they can be seen to represent many different things. “Young Goodman Brown” is a story about people facing everyday temptation. Hawthorne used setting, internal conflict, and symbols to describe how evil tested Browns faith. Images of darkness, symbolic representations of names and people and the journey through the woods all contribute to Hawthorne 's theme of good people sometimes doing bad things. Goodman Brown himself is one of the symbols in this story. “With the name Goodman Brown, Hawthorne makes his hero a representative character, a kind of Puritan everyman, and so the weakness Hawthorne finds in Brown would apply to Puritans in general”(Predmore 255). In Hawthorne’s story Brown’s name symbolizes youth and nature. His youth suggests that he is yet to be corrupted by the world and is innocent. Brown was a husband who symbolizes goodness and immaturity. He seems to be very religious, happily married and trustworthy. Goodman Brown is
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