Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown a Story'

708 Words Jan 30th, 2018 3 Pages
Some time later author Nathaniel Hawthorne would write a critical story of this time in American history focusing on the corruption and un-Christian actions and attitudes of the people who claimed to be acting in Christ's name. Despite it's intention, Young Goodman Brown can be seen as a short story which discusses the inner battle each Christian must face when deciding to follow Christ's Great Commission, represented by their living a Christian lifestyle. The story's protagonist, Goodman Brown, must overcome the hypocrisy, corruption, and the deceitfulness of the world in order to be live a Christian lifestyle; but his own inner demons prove too much to overcome and his desire to be good and avoid sin becomes the source of his own sin. If one is to go out into the world and proclaim the message of Christ, as instructed in the Great Commission, then one will be exposed to all sorts of evil that can tempt one to…
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