Summary On Allegory In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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We are born into this good versus evil war and it’s almost impossible to ever come out a winner in it. This war dates all the way back to the beginning of time to Adam and Eve. They had one restriction and still the temptation that overcomes us all caused their fall. Nathaniel Hawthorne explains this theory in his “Young Goodman Brown” story, where evil overcomes and defeats the good. Hawthorne does this by using these allegorical figures Young goodman Brown, Faith, and the old unnamed man. These allegories are put in this story to represent this theory, the innocent thrown into the good versus evil war.
The Puritans in this 1600’s era painted men and women as a perfect imaged, well mannered, purified, and religious people. Goodman Brown …show more content…

As our faith is always trying keep us safe, it also is always within us if we believe. This is demonstrated here as good tries to stay in this everlasting battle goodman Brown states “With Heaven above, and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil!” (350). Just as easy as it is to keep our faith it is that easy to lose it being as goodman Brown completely loses both his faith and, Faith, when curiosity and temptation takeover and evil takes reign in this ongoing battle.
Finally, the infamous unnamed old man whose allegory represents the evil in this story Hawthorne makes him that of the devil. The narrator introduces the old man with this staff that resembles the one of the Adam and Eve story “… bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought, that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself, like a living serpent” (347). The devil tempts and deceives goodman Brown throughout the story, it’s safe to say that the evil here has great powers on overcoming the innocent which he does. When goodman Brown finally gets a peek at all the people he loves at this witchcraft meeting that the devil is leading that’s when it’s over. All good is gone from goodman Brown thanks to the conniving devil and evil wins. The meaning behind this devil is that

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