Nathaniel Hawthorne: Innocence Lost

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Innocence Lost My Kinsman, Major Molineux and Young Goodman Brown present Nathaniel Hawthorne's belief in the universality of sin. These works provide numerous perspectives into the nature of the human condition and the individual's role within it. Hawthorne fictionalizes a world where communion with man is essential for spiritual satisfaction. The main characters of these stories face moral dilemmas through their pursuit of human communion. Whether the problems are moral, psychological, or both, Hawthorne insists that the individual must come to affirm a tie with the procession of life, must come to achieve some sense of brotherhood of man. In order to commune with mankind, one has to give up a secure, ordered and innocent world.…show more content…
An alliance in evil creates a brotherhood of mankind. This is a sinister notion. Hawthorne defines the evil of the human soul as the universal mark of mankind, thus the only communion available to lonely hearts is evil. Once communion with your fellow brother takes place, the celebration or the torment begins. When one recognizes sin and communes in sin the options that are left for the individual are simple but divisive. Robin laughs at the site of his fallen kin. It is this irony that affirms his communion with the very crowd he fears. He enjoys the site of a fallen man, as a part of an inevitable cycle men cannot escape. Man is mortal; whose nature is his very ruin. Hawthorne accounts another option to the celebration. Young Goodman brown communes and sees the weakness of his communities' leaders. The very process of communion takes on a carnival atmosphere where all are welcome as long as they do not disdain the fraternal sin. By clinging hypocritically to a simplistic morality, Brown loses his chance to enter humanity. "Goodman browns empty life serves as a kind of justification of for Robin's entry into the procession, hard and discordant as the procession is. Hawthorne offers this sort of negative argument over and over again. One must affirm life, hard and sin laden though it may be sometimes, because the alternative,
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