Appearance Versus Reality

Topics: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, Short story Pages: 2 (498 words) Published: June 10, 2014
Alexis Uffer
Mrs. Berthiaume
English 2 Period A1
8 May 2014
“Appearance versus Reality”
Many people perceive to be, one way, but once the reality is shown others change. In the short story “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Goodman Brown has a dream where he meets the townspeople; who try to convert him to the dark side. In “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Dr. Heidegger gives three people a liquor of youth and the people become young again. When the liquor begins to wear off, the people become greedy wanting more, and not accept the fact that people get old. Both short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” reveal that once the reality of a character reality that changes peoples view, and their attitudes.

Goodman Brown’s perception of the townspeople changes when he learns their dark reality. The reality is revealed when Goodman is in the forest and, “Deacon Gookin seized his arms and led him to the blazing rock.” (page 8) This proves to Goodman that although the Deacon is supposed to be a good person of the church, he is not. The Deacon pushed Goodman forward toward the evil figure. After Goodman wakes up from his dream his family went to prayer, “he scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away.” (page 9) Goodman stays true to his belief and decides not to side with the evil. He becomes a bitter, distrusted person, because the townspeople in his wife he thought were good people, but in his dream reality proves that they are evil.

Similarly in “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”, Dr. Heidegger attitude changes when the guests reveal their greedy reality. “Each fleeting moment snatched away a charm, and left a deepening furrow where none had been before.” (page 5) Dr. Heidegger’s friends are greedy and want more of the elixir, they cannot seem to accept the fact that they are old, and want to stay young forever. Then Dr. Heidegger explains of how, “Such is the lesson...
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