Disapproval of Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown'

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Running Head: Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown Critical Analysis Nathaniel Hawthorne has presented his disapproval of Puritanism in the form of "Young Goodman Brown" who has been presented as the living embodiment of Puritanical sect. Where the influence of Hawthorne's background on his work is evident, he has managed to present evidences for his argument. In his short story, he portrays Young Goodman Brown as a character who, on the basis of his own staunch beliefs, disapproves everyone bearing conflicting ideology and religious beliefs and thus, continues to live a sad life followed by cynicism and distrust. Hawthorne appears to be highly ashamed of his relation to his ancestors who were rigid believers of Puritanism. Through this story, Hawthorne argues that the Puritanism is a form of extremism which takes away the liberty and freedom of choice from general public whereas leaders of this sect are divulged into hypocrisy which makes them impose religion on others but provides them all the opportunities to enjoy blessings of life while imposing misery and distress on others. Hawthorne's work is deeply rooted in Puritanism. Where Puritans established theocracy making church the sole decision maker and central body governing religion, society, politics and every other aspect of life, they took away the right to have conflicting beliefs and everyone who had a different belief was considered as a sinner. This lack of tolerance to diversity

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