Summary Of Faith In Young Goodman Brown

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As previously mentioned, Young Goodman Brown is driven by his family and Faith, both his wife and religion. However, Hawthorne presents a symbolic and physical description of Faith, other than her name and character itself, through her pink ribbons. The color of the ribbons subtly reveal Faith’s morals because pink is created with the combination of the colors white, which artistically depicts purity and innocence, and the color red, depicting evil and the devil. This ultimately shatters all of Young Goodman Brown’s hopes of what he continually believed to be considered as good due to the revelation of Faith’s conversion to evil. After reading the tale all the way through, the readers begin to question if Faith is genuinely innocent from…show more content…
This fundamentally changed his perceptions of them and will forever question their trust and righteousness for the rest of his life. However, this could be a learning experience for Young Goodman Brown because now he is aware that in order to obtain good in life, one has to undergo evil. An influential figure in the religion of Christianity named St. Augustine emphasized this notion in his book, Confessions, when he states “And it was manifested unto me, that those things be good which yet are corrupted …” (115). Augustine is stressing that all things that are corrupt, or dishonest, are deprived of good, meaning that evil is essential to achieve or acquire good in life. There is no evil in life with there only being good because evil exposes the mass majority to the reality and shapes perspectives on certain topics or issues through what an individual experiences. In this particular case, Young Goodman Brown experienced an unfortunate situation, was explicitly exposed his own realities of those closest to him, and now has to face life knowing the wickedness and corruption that is within everyone. Hawthorne utilizing the symbolism of the pink ribbons points out to readers that not everyone is as innocent and pure as they may believe as it demonstrated in Faith. Once again, this is Hawthorne’s method of encompassing the allegorical understanding of each symbolic idea
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