Importance of Dreaming in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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The Importance of Dreaming in Young Goodman Brown Minuscule, barely-recognizable waves emanate from the center of the pastor’s glass of water with every increasingly solid thud of fists upon wooden podium. Blood rushes to his head with every beat of his heart to fuel the rampid, raging fire within his mind. Louder and louder the minister’s voice rose ‘till it seemed as though the heavens themselves could make out a faint whisper of the good news. The good news being told that glad morning told of a man who insisted upon harboring guilt, shame, and fear inside his heart. It told of a man whose heart resembled that of a man sitting two rows back of the alter in that very sanctuary. The story, having done its job, had already…show more content…
Furthermore, can one truly say he or she knows the veritable interpretation of Faith’s ribbons falling out of thin air while Brown is in the forest? That, in itself, is questionable! Therefore, one must conclude that Hawthorne’s uses of ambiguity support a dreamy Goodman Brown. In addition to ambiguity, Hawthornes portrays many of the story’s settings as comparable to Biblical settings. Young Goodman Brown is described in the story as being a "good man." He is a proud resident of Salem Village as well. As anyone who claims to have graduated high school knows, Salem Village was an epicenter of religious knowledge in its day. Without a doubt, Goodman Brown knew his Bible like the back of his hand. Additionally, the subject matter of most humans’ dreams consists of things they either know a great deal about or encounter everyday. Being of Puritan descent, Young Goodman Brown had surely encountered the Bible everyday of his life. As Brown treads through the forest alone and is confronted by the devil, Hawthorne uses his knowledge of the Bible to construct a forest similar to the forest in which Jesus of Nazareth was tempted by the devil. The Garden of Eden is also similar in that the Garden was the site of Adam and Eve’s temptations as well. Brown was assuredly tempted by the devil. So, it seems that, through anecdotal likenesses to the Bible, Brown’s dream was definitely of things of which he was familiar with. Furthermore,

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