Nathaniel Hawthrone's Use of Allegory

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Use of Allegory

In "Young Goodman Brown," Hawthorne uses moral allegory to exemplify the story of a young man who is unwillingly separated from his world of purity to become conscious of the extensive wickedness that lives in his world. Allegory is a type of extended metaphor, in which objects, people, and events in a narrative, are equal with the implications that extend beyond the story itself. The hidden meaning has ethical, social, spiritual, or political implications, and characters are often representations of nonfigurative ideas as donations, gluttony, or jealousy. Therefore an allegory is a narrative with double meanings, a simple meaning and a figurative meaning. The following paragraphs explain how allegory and symbolism are used throughout "Young Goodman Brown." These allegories are split up into four main parts including Young Goodman Brown and Faith's names, the forest and the devil, Brown's father and community, and Brown's acceptance of the evil. First, the names, Young Goodman Brown and Faith, are both symbolic. Brown's innocence and good personality are symbolized by his name. Brown's youth suggests that he is a pure and guiltless young man. Faith's name exemplifies the decency that is found in a young wife. Brown's marriage to Faith symbolizes that he clutches to a faith that represents good in this world. The pink ribbon Faith wears in her hair represents a sign of heavenly faith. Soon after in the story, when Brown meets his companion in the woods,

he states that he was held back by Faith. Here, Hawthorne uses the name of Brown's wife as a representation for Brown's own faith in righteousness. Brown looking back to his home to kiss Faith goodbye represents Brown's plans of giving in to the evil ways. Even though Brown is weary of this decision, he gives in to the desire of following the immoral path into the forest. Second, Brown's passage through the woods is on a thin, gloomy, and tedious trail. The gloom and...
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