Morality In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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In the world we live in today this is quite evident, more now than ever. With the destabilization of another country, another is kept feeling safe, secure, happy and ignorant. On one side of the world one society lives very happy and ignores the other without a flinch the pain and suffering it’s costing another country. There is no “guilt” (Le guin 998), quite “content merely” (Le Guin 999). Goodman Brown’s personal journey, like most of ours, which we all will experience at some point, made him conscious. Societies are just like the people in the city of Omelas, good and evil. Hawthorne shows his readers that Goodman Brown loss of purity and naivety was expected. From the beginning, Goodman Brown made his choice without any external force …show more content…
His faith was built around these people. We tend to become the people we idolize. We agree and imitate their beliefs first unknowingly and willingly later in life, especially if it is the norms as dictated by society. We all follow each other in moral principles, faith (belief) even if we do not support it in full. Young Goodman Brown now surrounded by everyone in society, feels like he must give in and be hopeless. Though he has a conscience where he is between minds to turn back or join the service in the forest of perversion he somewhat trumps evil. However, he also does not intervene and stops what he considers as …show more content…
People who Young Goodman brown seemed to have respected from childhood. However, as Mr. Brown goes deeper into the forest (life) and he meets and overhears these individuals he respects and he becomes puzzled. A forest that seems to be evil and people who enter he consider to be as well. Goodman Brown knows the forest is evil and he fears it. He knows that nothing noble should be there. He already knows that in a place of such the “fiend” (Hawthorne 12) can easily be near. Although, he did not accept that he had evil in him as well, he knew he went on a very corrupt path. But when you cross paths in a place of evil with the people who instilled in you right from wrong, how could you not realize the corruption that exists within yourself. But Hawthorne specifically referred to him as “Young” (5) Goodman brown for a reason. He could have just said his name, but it had significance to pinpoint his inexperience. It described his innocent and naïve

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