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

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In the readings “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, have many differences. Even though the allegory and direct address were written in different time frames in American history, there are quite a few similarities. The differences and similarities consisted of religious influences, moral themes, the vengeance of God v. the vengeance of man, and the rolls of the people that either Edwards was preaching to and who Hawthorne was writing his allegory about. In the story “Young Goodman Brown,” the character Brown is a religious man who lives fully on his faith, spiritually and physically. Faith was also the name of his wife, which could be taken as symbolism for his actual faith that was in his life. As it says in the book “And Faith, as the wife was aptly named…” He uses his “Faith” to go about the world. He uses Faith to guide him throughout the way that he lives his life continuously. Another ironic aspect in the story of “Young Goodman Brown,” is how they are in the town of Salem which is known for various reasons. One main reason is that Salem is where the famous Witch Trials had taken place. The Witch Trials became a huge part of American history because of the countless Puritans that were sentenced to death for being accused of practicing witchcraft. Therefore, witchcraft being pure evil goes against every part of the Puritan religion. The direct address or sermon known as “Sinners in the Hands of
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