Essay On Young Goodman Brown

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In the short story Young Goodman Brown, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Brown goes on a journey into the woods to do an unknown errand. He comes across an older man, the Devil, the Minister of the Church, Deacon Gookin, his catechism teacher, Goody Cloyse and later on his wife, Faith Brown. Throughout his journey he learns so lessons that change everything he has ever had, his religion, his views, his lifestyle, and his personality. Nathaniel Hawthorne conveys that everyone is good and bad, using symbolism and characterism, along with several others. He used everything from the ribbons on someone's hat, to the names of the characters, along with the underlining theme and plot. Using characterization, Hawthorne explains how the theme develops…show more content…
“Letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap,“ (237). The normal color of purity is white, and while red is for blood, when we think of blood we think of danger and troubles. When both colors are mixed together, they make up pink. A mixture of good and evil.When we think of pink at first we think of innocence, and childlike behavior. But as pretty as it maybe, it's just a serpent in disguise. Pink represents everyone, everyone at some point in their life, and/or on another level, and the mix of traits which we all have. That point in our lives, where the temptation to sin is so great, in which we succumb. The point where we are forcibly dragged out of that hole, that we put ourselves in. It is our saving grace, but at the time our minds are warped and we think that to be a crime. Whether it be our parents forcing us out of a relationship, or our teachers putting us through a horrible test, or even the police putting us in jail. `If you can't pay the time, don't do the crime,` is a great motto, but is there any real control over our sins? Pink is ever changeable, like humanity, it is a concoction of everything. “But something fluttered lightly down through the air and caught on the branch of a tree. The young man seized it, and beheld a pink ribbon. `My Faith is gone!` cried he, after one stupefied moment. `There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is
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