The Sin Within Us All. Sin Is Everywhere Yet Nowhere At

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The Sin Within Us All Sin is everywhere yet nowhere at the same exact time. Sin is inevitable yet many people believe they can combat it through their faith. Without faith, sin would consume anyone in its path. Even people of strong religious beliefs will continue to sin throughout their life. As stated in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Nathanial Hawthorne’s two literary pieces "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister 's Black Veil" highlight the struggle of human inclination to constantly hide their own sin. The two stories are different in that Goodman Brown exposes the real (sinful) faces of his peers, but in “The Minister’s Black Veil” Hawthorne purposely hides the face of the minister and…show more content…
Now Goodman is thoroughly freaked out and wants to return to the village for “Faith’s” sake. Upon arriving at a ceremony, most likely a devil-worshipping cult ritual, he begins to look around and see the entire community is there. Goodman then sees the new convert is actually his wife, Faith, and begs her to resist the devil then all of a sudden appears alone in the forest once more. After Goodman’s prophecy or awakening so to speak, he has a new outlook on the overwhelming sinful nature of humans. After Brown 's dealings with the Devil in his dream, he becomes focused on the hypocrisy and sin of other members of Salem. The day after his dream, Brown returns to the village to find everything and everyone else unchanged. He avoids the minister, the deacon, and his wife as if they are condemned or cursed. He even seizes a little girl who is learning the catechism from Goody Cloyse. "The corruption of his mind and his heart is complete; Goodman Brown sees evil wherever he looks.” That is, he notices wickedness everywhere except within himself. Not only does Brown lose his belief in the goodness of humanity, but also his willingness to show compassion towards those around him. Brown 's inability to look around people’s sin haunted him for the rest of his days. Contrastingly enough, Father Hooper perceives sin through actual experiences. "The Minister 's Black Veil" opens with Hooper walking to church to preach the

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