Analysis Of Young Goodman Brown

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Khalia Jones ENGL 1102-14 Ms. Schmitt 18 September 2017 Young Hypocrite Brown The story of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, during the time of the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trials. Hawthorne takes us inside the mind of newlywed Goodman Brown by using third person point of view, as he journeys through the deep, dark forest looking to meet with a suspicious someone. Brown falls into the temptation to do evil and to do things a not so "Goodman" would do, which also plays into his thoughts on his Puritan life. Furthermore, his behavior could possibly reveal Hawthorne's thoughts on Christianity and the hypocrisy of some of its followers, and how it can be hard not to give into temptation. …show more content…

Brown refuses to take the staff because of his strong Christian faith that has been in being family for generations, and he feels ashamed for even being in the forest with him, (Hawthorne 263). The devilish man laughs at his remark and says that he knew his father and his father before him and some other members of the community. This statement shocks Brown because it makes him question his faith and the people surrounding him even more. Brown tells him that he wants to go back for his wife Faiths sake, which also could represent his faith in the Lord. After Brown sees Goody Cloyse, who he knows is a respected woman in the village, He hides out of embarrassment of being seen with the evil man, and the man taps Goody Cloyse on the shoulder. She identifies him as the devil and reveals herself to be a devil worshiper on her way to the devil’s ceremony. Brown is disgusted by seeing Goody and other towns members walk through the forest to worship the devil. Before the devil disappears, he gives Goodman Brown his staff, telling him that he can use it for transport to the ceremony if he changes his mind. Then he hears the voices of the minister of the church and Deacon Gookin, who are also on their way to the ceremony. Shocked, Goodman swears that even though everyone else in the village has gone evil, for his wife’s sake he will keep his faith in the Lord. However, he soon hears voices coming from the ceremony and thinks he recognizes

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