He has attained the knowledge of evil. The nature of evil will then be discussed as it relates to the control of the mind of a once naive and innocent goodman Brown. The devil encourages Goodman Brown to doubt the most profound and sacred relationships, and especially family relationships: husband and wife, father and son, mother and child. However, he still looks to another person rather than to his God or personal convictions. He had seen something that could put him in a place of question when push came to shove being during the time of the witch trials. A staff is used to support us, to give us strength and to aid us, making journeys easier.
Young Goodman Brown symbolizes the innocence of young, good men, who are all tempted and to some extent all give in. Puritanism is an intense practice of religion retrieved from Protestants, only removing its Catholic influence. To the Puritans the forest was an evil, unknown territory populated by witches and devils. The man replies that he knew Goodman Brown's father and grandfather, as well as other members of churches in New England, and even the governor of the state. He looks around, afraid of what might be behind each tree, thinking that there might be Indians or the devil himself lurking there. From Adam and Eve eating fruit from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden to the Iraqi hijackers who flew two airplanes into the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 killing thousands of innocent people, evil has always been a part of this world. Shocked, Goodman Brown swears that even though everyone else in the world has gone to the devil, for Faith's sake he will stay true to God.
Throughout the story Goodman struggles, not only with his Faith in Religion but also, his faith in people. Since Goodman Brown considers certain people and places completely free of sin, the devil makes these claims to undermine his faith. He's doomed himself to a lifetime of misery. Like Adam and Eve, Brown suffers a great fall from innocence. This is… 1474 Words 6 Pages The works of Nathaniel Hawthorne deal with dark themes and are considered to be the first works of gothic romanticism.
Hawthorne establishes the moral conflict at the beginning of the story: Goodman Brown can stay with his wife Faith, as she pleads for him to do, or he can journey into the woods. He considers it a matter of family honor that his forefathers would never have walked in the forest for pleasure, and he is upset when the devil tells him that this was not the case. Goodman Brown is as hypocritical as his father and grandfather; he wants to be thought of as good, and so he steps into the forest to avoid being seen by Goody Cloyse. The scene with Goody Cloyse is very important. He did not know what she did, but he found himself back at home the next morning. You get the point: he's not exactly a man of action. In this respect Faith can be compared to Eve, for whom Adam lost his innocence.
This presets the tone of the story. It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude, that the traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that, with lonely footsteps, he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude. Since the Puritan faith provides a binary worldview in which things are either good or evil with no middle ground, the devil uses this to his advantage. The Inevitable Loss of Innocence Goodman Brown loses his innocence because of his inherent corruptibility, which suggests that whether the events in the forest were a dream or reality, the loss of his innocence was inevitable. Goodman Brown is never certain whether the evil events of the night are real, but it does not matter. They looked at one another as the devil was asking them to join his brood, and at the last moment, Goodman Brown looked up and told Faith to resist the devil's invitation. Or, verily, I marvel not, seeing that the least rumor of the sort would have driven them from New England.
At the end of the story, Goodman Brown must try to live in the world with this new knowledge. People hide behind the curtains of daily practices and a normal life despite the odd their practices. For Brown, who is walking into the forest expressly out of a sinful curiosity, the forest seems to hide sin everywhere. Young Goodman Brown's name itself is a symbol in this story. The other voices seem to be encouraging Faith onward.
Is old Goodman Brown an unhappy hero, doomed to be the only righteous man in Salem? In the forest, Young Goodman Brown meets a companion, an older man who symbolizes the devil. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864. Though the surrounding nature has gotten darker and more ominous as Goodman Brown walked deeper into the woods, his desperation makes him turn to nature: he leans against a tree, and looks to the stars for a reminder of heaven, as if the stars could guide him now that the minister and deacon no longer can. His fear of the forest, and of whatever supernatural beings it might hide, is not as strong as his fear of being thought a sinner. Giving abstract ideas names and human qualities is personification defined.
Goodman Brown sets off on a road through a gloomy forest. The two different times of the setting are very important to the symbolization of the story. This lack of self-awareness creates conflict within Goodman Brown which will prove disastrous for him later in the story. He sees Goody Cloyse quizzing a young girl on Bible verses and snatches the girl away. At the beginning of the story Goodman Brown thought that he could go into the forest and sin a little out of curiosity, and then come back home and continue on with his life. He sees Goody Cloyse in her doorway, teaching a girl the catechism, and Goodman Brown snatches the girl away. Goodman Brown sees that the other convert is Faith.
The Fear of the Wilderness From the moment he steps into the forest, Goodman Brown voices his fear of the wilderness, seeing the forest as a place where no good is possible. Goodman Brown replies, somewhat mysteriously, that his journey must take place between sunrise and sunset, and begs Faith not to doubt his intentions. Hawthorne, a descendant of Puritans, was horrified by their behavior. The society with is characterized by secrecy. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. Goodman Brown tells Faith to look up to heaven and resist the devil, then suddenly finds himself alone in the forest.
The traveler's staff is shaped like a black snake or. But he doesn't see Faith, and he starts to hope once again that she might not be there. 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. Some go as far as to twist all our previous knowledge and leave us with nothing but doubt in our minds; This was true for Young Goodman Brown the night he left his wife Faith to wander into the woods. Young Goodman Brown Goodman Brown is meant to represent an everyman, meaning the qualities he portrays are meant to be indicative in the general population. Goodman Brown personifies the individual quest for faith that every person must eventually face.