Symbolism And Symbolism Of Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorn

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When a writer wants to convey an idea or opinion on certain matters, especially for religion and other philosophical beliefs, he/she will tend to include a significant amount of symbolism in an allegorical story or another piece of written work. Because these writers are trying to put forth these ideas, they need to make a convincing, relatable, and entertaining story for these ideas to come to fruition. Allegory and symbolism work as part of the creative writing algorithm to add depth and make these stories as convincing, relatable, and entertaining as possible. In the given story of “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorn, the author is putting forth his belief that the religious people of America are inherently fallible in their faith. Due to the natural curiosity and selfishness of the human being, one can be pushed over the edge when tempted with the “fruits” of knowledge. Since allegory and symbolism are simply part of the creative writing process, to make the ideas of the story convincing, the author will use many instances of symbolism to make the overarching idea of the story hit home. The uses of symbolism must also be relevant and accommodate to the meaning of the story. Because Hawthorn is trying to convey the “Fall of Man” point of view to the story and feeling he has towards American religion as a whole. In “Young Goodman Brown”, he inserts several uses of symbolism that complement the overarching theme. Such an insertion would be the woods in the story.
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