Similarities Between Young Goodman Brown And Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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Between the two readings “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards there are many differences but the two stories still share the same theme. The main theme these stories share is that in a strict society during a narrow-minded time people in hard times tend to fall back with losing their faith and being too weak to withstand giving into self-doubt.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown” the allegory Goodman Brown, a man devoted to his faith in our Father the Lord, after making a hard decision that would follow him for the rest of his life ends up trying to make peace with the fact that he cannot take away the decision but can try to not make the matter worse. When Goodman Brown discovers the “depths of darkness” he is in he begins to have a loss of faith. The line for the story “’My Faith gone!’ cried he, after one stupefied moment. ‘There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil! for to thee as this world given.’” represents the fact that it appears that Goodman Brown lost his faith. That line also shows how he wished for the devil’s worship to come and retrieve him.
Many events led up to him losing his faith and being consumed with self-doubt, but the one that finally pushed Goodman Brown over the edge to call onto the devil was when he could not find his wife Faith. The line “‘But where is Faith?’ thought Goodman Brown; and, as hope came into his heart, he trembled.” shows

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