Analysis Of Young Goodman Brown

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“Young Goodman Brown” is an odd story with a deeper meaning than is apparent on the surface. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote his short story “Young Goodman Brown” in 1835 with what seems like the intentions of gothic and romance features. However, looking further into the story of “Young Goodman Brown,” it is clear to see that there is a possibility that the imagery displayed can lead to some interesting theories behind Hawthorne's purpose, imagery, and symbolism in the text. Throughout the story, Hawthorne includes psychological, emotional, and gloomy events that really gets the reader thinking about their own personal experiences. However, finding the true meaning of this story is a matter of how that person interprets the events. After…show more content…
Still today there is disagreements over the short storyYoung Goodman Brown,” but Michael Tritt believes the psychology can give a good explanation for the true meaning. Tritt states in his journal, “none adequately examined this phenomenon of colouring (projection) as it is defined by psychology” to support his opinion that no one has thought to use psychology to get an understanding of “Young Goodman Brown”(Tritt 114). Most readers assume that the emotions of Brown are from his subconscious and guilt that is within him, but Tritt believes it to be defined as a case of projection. Projection is defined in the journal is as follows: “a person is projecting when he ascribes to another person a trait or desire of his own that would be painful of his ego to admit. Since the act of projecting is an unconscious mechanism, it is not communicated to others nor is it even recognized as a projection by the person himself…(Tritt 114).” Projection would allow a much more personal relationship with the story and create an important connection between literature and reader. Imagery is used throughout the whole story of “Young Goodman Brown,” but Richard Predmore believes that Brown’s experience should include to be seen as sense of unconsciousness. Richard Predmore wrote the journal Lachrymal Imagery in Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” to discuss the relationship between allegorical, moral, philosophical, and

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