Young Goodman Brown

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Deyanira Nunez

English, studies in short stories

“Young Goodman Brown”

In the story “Young Goodman Brown” Hawthorne shows the reader that the puritans seem as if they live life, good and holy. But behind the appearance there is deception for this people of the church are the worshipers of the devil himself. While young Goodman is traveling he see’s Goody Cloyse and thought to turn another direction, so she wouldn’t see him. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Goodman says, “But with your leave, friend, I shall take a cut through the woods until we have left this Christian women behind. Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going,” (530) He believes she is a Christian women, when in truth she is up to the worshiping or evil. Hawthorne illustrates how Goodman’s views his family, as good people and worshipers of god even though they themselves have committed sin either by lashing at a Quaker women throughout Salem or by using a pitch –pine to set fires during the Indian Wars. The author in “Blackness in Young Goodman Brown,” writes of how when there is light, darkness may follow. “For the spite of all Indian-summer sunlight on the hither side of Hawthorne’s soul, the other side- like the dark half of the physical sphere- is shrouded in a blackness ...” (1520). Melville in his essay tells of how the author in “Young Goodman Brown,” gives the reader an insight of himself in the story. He portrays himself as a Good man by giving himself the name of Goodman; when Goodman shows the inability to be true to his beliefs in the beginning of the story. This is true when his actions are to steer clear from Goody Cloyse, or when it is to hide when he hears Deacon Gookin talking. Even, when he sees the ceremony and he hides behind the scene. This allusion shows how weak his faith really is just like the weakness of faith his wife. This weakness can be explained by the way the puritans in Salem sees...
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