Allegory of the Cave vs. Young Goodman Brown

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Similarities of "Young Goodman Brown" vs. "The Allegory of the Cave"

Young Goodman Brown and The Allegory of the Cave have a lot of similarities in their stories. They're both talking about a person's struggle with good vs. evil. Also, they both refer to the darkness vs. the light. People deal with these type of struggles everyday. These two stories seem to be the epitome of that concept.

In Young Goodman Brown, the story is revolving around a man who lives in Salem and seems to be struggling with his views on religion and the virtues of good and evil. He takes a dreary road headed towards an evil purpose even though his wife who has good virtues begs him not to take that path. But like most people, he decides to take it anyway, and hopes that he can come back after all the evil was done and still have the good part in his life.

Young Goodman Brown was headed to an evil ritual and on his way to this ritual continues to struggle with his inner voice and whether or not he was doing the right thing. Yet, he continues to justify why the evil should prevail. He was struggling between whether or not he was doing the right thing. Yet, he continues to justify why the evil should prevail. He was struggling between whether he was in reality or whether it is just a dream and a figment of his imagination. In the end, Young Goodman Brown lets evil prevail and he lives a dreary, gloomy life and dies a gloomy death.

The Allegory of the Cave is a story similar to Young Goodman Brown. It was a struggle between good and evil, enlightened or unenlightened, light vs. dark. It follows a prisoner and his struggle with the light vs. darkness. "The prison dwelling corresponds to the region revealed to us through a sense of sight, and the fire-light within it to the power of the Sun…." (Allegory of the Cave 731)

This passage shows how he was wanting so badly to see the good, but yet the prison walls lock in the darkness that follows him. He struggles everyday...
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