This surreal quality is enhancced when Goodman Brown suddenly finds himself in the forest alone, wondering if the devil worship he witnessed was reality or not. In this story, Hawthorne tells a story of man named Goodman Brown, who has a dream in which he has to deal with the conflict between good and evil. Those individuals, then have to choose whether to come to terms with the ordeal, or ignore it completely. So similar to the story the staff which is snake like is almost like a temptation by helping him get to the meeting fast, which is an offer he took up. When Brand throws himself into the lime kiln, his remains are do not reflect what would be expected in reality. This makes analysis of this piece seemingly simple. The devil makes it clear that nothing is free of sinful influence or the potential for it.
Goodman Brown did not know this man was the Devil, therefore, he followed his every lead. His use of allegory as well as symbolism makes Hawthorne one of the most studied writers. Humanity is basically flawed and people struggle with making the choice between good and evil. Darkness lives in everyone whether it is in the body consciously or unconsciously. The Downfall Of Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne was a descendant of Puritan immigrants who dedicated his life to writing. Evil must be your only happiness.
All of the evil takes place in the forest; for instance, the devil's ceremony. In its strictest form determinism denies free will or volition. He had little contact with his deceased father's family, but his maternal relatives were supportive and saw to it that he attended college, the first in his family to do so Turner 33. By showing Goody Cloyse to be a witch, Satan is turning Goodman Brown's world upside down. Good versus Evil in Man Related to the.
Because he is a sinner, he figures he ought to be just as feared as other evil things. This is an important foundation to express the theme. These will be discussed in this essay. It would be like finding out politicians are corrupt, or professional athletes use steroids, or that college football coaches cheat. Brown begins the journey with the excellent resolve to remain true to his faith illustrates his belief that he can free himself from the compulsion of the body.
This essay intends to present an interpretation of the tale along the lines of theme. This was during the American Romanticism period when human nature was to be embraced as a good, natural thing like a sign from God. Goodman Brown is forever altered in ways unforeseeable by taking a stroll with the ultimate antagonist, the devil himself. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. Since he cannot make his own choices, he is doomed to repeat the same mistakes, continuing a tradition of harmful hypocrisy. The events in the story seem quite unimaginable, yet are recounted in great detail, and apparently change Goodman Brown in a very realistic way for the rest of his life. However, this town appears to be holding a devious truth.
Love can triumph over all, but at the same time, can lead individuals astray if impure. Hawthorne was born and reared in Salem, Massachusetts, a village still permeated by its 17th century Puritanism. This is an image of what many people do, if not all people. However, he is naïve to the world around him, innocent; he looks up to the elders, and holds them to a higher esteem than himself. With that being said, Goodman Brown suffered from knowing what about his faith was good and evil. Hawthorne shows faith as a great asset but, when that faith is jeopardized, one can become doubtful and cynical towards the world.
Brown is unable to forgive the possibility of evil in his loved ones, and as a result spends the rest of his life in desperate loneliness and gloom. Brown is an honest, hardworking, religious everyman that Hawthorne uses to symbolize humanity while the traveller character who appears to be the Devil represents the inheritable evil that lies within mankind. Goodman Brown, Faith and fellow-traveller are three main heroes in the story. My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must be done 'twixt now and sunrise. Throughout the course of his journey, Goodman Brown discovers that even highly reputable people of Salem are vulnerable to the forces of darkness.
Young Goodman Brown tells her that she will be all right without him and that he has to go into that journey. Faith tries to persuade him to stay, but he refuses. Faustus sells his soul to the Devil in return for worldly success. It is man who gives the devil his hideousness. Moreover, Goodman Brown is forced to confront the dark, unacknowledged sides of his Puritan ways; he finally sees the blindness and hypocrisy of his society, but is too late to change.
The guilt eventually drives him back to Roger's place of death, where Reuben accidentally shoots his son in a hunting accident. Hawthorne himself believed the story made no more impact than any of his tales. As Goodman and the devil continue sauntering along the serpentine path, they encounter Goodman's old catechism teacher, Goody Cloyse, and it is eventually revealed that she is heading to the satanic occult meeting at the core of the forest. So, Goodman Brown has no experiences with moral nuance to draw on in this situation, forcing him to continue deluding himself by applying his all-too simplistic logic. By using the theme of a story the writer is able to, in a way, speak with their audience. While Puritan congregations try to cleave away their evil tendencies by appearing good to one another, this congregation in the dark woods further supports the idea that evil is an indelible part of human nature that will always find its place.
Faith is a homograph in this context. On the contract of the meaning of his name, Goodman Brown has a tragic ending. However, the images of his father and mother give him conflicting commands regarding his path forward. These elements are demonstrated through out the story in a demonic ceremony. It is unclear whether he deems scientific inquiry to be without honor, but certainly demonstrates a mistrust of it in relation to humanity. One of the casualties of Brown's experience whether a dream or something else is Faith.