Theme Of Symbolism In Young Goodman Brown

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Major Symbolism In ¨Young Goodman Brown¨ Nathaniel Hawthorne uses several complex symbols throughout the plot of “Young Goodman Brown.” These symbols are crucial to have a complete understanding of the story. Written in 1835, this story involves a meeting with the devil; from the surface, this may seem dull, but if one takes a closer look they would find it to be packed with symbolism. The most important of this symbolism being the forest, Faith, and Goodman Brown’s journey. The forest that Goodman Brown's journey takes place in has an ominous feel to it throughout the story, this is because Hawthorne portrays the Puritan belief that the forest is the devil's habitat. Hawthorne gives the reader some insight into the nature of the forest after Goodman Brown leaves his home; ¨He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind¨ (Hawthorne 1). This shows the reader exactly what Goodman is getting into, with the trees locking him in the forest, it means there is no getting out. This excerpt uses imagery to show that the forest could be evil and possibly belonging to the devil, telling the reader that the forest is like a trap and nothing heavenly dwells inside. More evidence of the forest´s evil is revealed after Goodman Brown loses Faith, ¨On he flew among the black pines… and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest, laughing like
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