Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

1695 WordsNov 13, 20157 Pages
Short story, Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne is set in Puritan New England. Hawthorne uses symbolism, description, scenery, and Goodman’s journey to illustrate and symbolize the battle of good versus evil. In the first scene, we see how Young Goodman Brown leaves his wife, Faith, to start on his “evil” journey through the woods. Though Faith asks him to stay with her, he chooses to continue on even though he knows the evilness lies ahead. As the story continues, we see how Hawthorne uses Faith as not only Goodman’s wife, but as a symbol for his own religious belief. The further Brown travels into the woods, the darker and gloomier his surroundings become. He also uses the forest to introduce characters that represent evil or even the devil himself. The author uses detailed imagery to illustrate the comfort of Brown’s innocence, faith, and original beliefs that transition into the darkness and solitude as he leaves everything behind and continues on his journey. This scene is incredibly important as it begins Brown’s journey and introduces the author’s purpose of writing. What is most intriguing about this first scene, is how Hawthorne uses not only symbolism, but also description and scenery to illustrate the battle between good and evil. By close reading, we can see how Faith is not just Brown’s wife, but also a symbol of his religious belief. In the beginning of this scene, to Faith’s dismay, Brown leaves for his journey into the woods. “Young Goodman Brown
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