Compartive Fiction Essay: "The Rocking Horse Winner" and "Young Goodman Brown"

786 Words Oct 5th, 2012 4 Pages
According to Webster’s Dictionary App, the definitions of deceive include: to ensnare, be false to, fail to fulfill, cheat, cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid, to while away, practice deceit and give a false impression. In D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” the grip of deceit on both the physical and spiritual elements of life is the theme revealed through irony, symbolism and allegory.
The bible warns of the pride within ones heart and elated perception of self that grips them deceived. Its apparent in both stories the essence of deceit and how it handicaps the mind. The author’s choice of words and style of writing illuminates the overall presence of sin and
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Even though her own elation guided her heart into the grip of sin, there was always the option of repentance and forgiveness; specifically in God’s getting her attention through the death of her son. Although we’re uncertain of the final assumption, its reasonable to suggest that Paul was not at all demon-possessed, but intimately connected and destined for heaven. Looking next to the spiritual effects of sin, we are married to another account of evil. As the reader is introduced to the companionship of newfound lovers, we are also aware of its potential confounds of adultery. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrestles with a spiritual account down a dreadful trail as the reader is signaled by his wife’s truth of her wisdom and foreknown sensing evil. Through the account of husband’s stepping out on his commitment to Faith and marriage, his walk of confusion and disillusionment knows the reality of conscious yield to evil. Along a selfish pursuit to entertain his sinful nature, he struggles to make his way back from the pit. Entangled by the messy affairs created, the reader is introduced to many deceptive tactics the enemy uses in persuading the mind, including, the tattling of his co-laborers and lofty accusations. His conversing with the devil is symbolic to Eve’s encounter as the fall of man evolved. In his really half-truths, the reader is lead to question just how far Young Goodman Brown will go down the path of destruction, being unsure he’ll escape the confusion.
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