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Romanticism In Young Goodman Brown

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Dependent Humans People tend to put their faith and hopes on other people, and they let them down, hurt them emotionally. Emotions fluctuate and one cannot help but be upset or be enraged, this is what the Romanticism Movement fueled itself on. Human emotion, nature, religion, and love are all factors of Romanticism. Romantic characteristics can be found in literature and are expressed by people throughout the Romantic Era from how they considered human potential and personality more valuable than reason. When reading Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, someone can identify and understand the ideas of Romanticism and the influence the idea had on American literature from how they focus on a person’s beliefs and inner struggles. This story relates to Romanticism from how the story shows Goodman Brown’s love and care for Faith, how evil is within every human being, and how Goodman Brown loses his faith in all goodness of humanity when he sees Faith turn over to the dark side at the Devil’s ceremony. Love is shown in Hawthorne’s story by how Goodman Brown loves and cares about Faith. When the Devil is trying to persuade Goodman Brown to follow him to the ceremony, Goodman Brown uses his love for Faith as a reason of why he must not go. Goodman Brown tells the Devil that “There is my wife, Faith. It would break her dear little heart; and I’d rather break my own” (Hawthorne p.24). This was sadly not enough to keep him from going to the ceremony, for he later teleports
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