Symbolic Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorn’s Young Goodman Brown

Symbolic Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorn's Young Goodman Brown

A symbolic analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorn's, Young Goodman Brown, reveals that Young Goodman Brown is on a journey to see what the devil has to offer because of his doubts in the Puritan religion and his suspicions of his neighbor's possible hypocrisy. As Goodman Brown journeys into the forest, the stronger his doubts and suspicions become. Goodman Brown wants to see what the devil has to offer but still hold on to his puritan faith.

In the beginning of the story Faith, Goodman Brown's wife, urges him to stay and not go into the forest; this is his conscious trying to warn him of the dangers to come. Goodman Brown tells ...

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of Satan, in the Bible Satan is referred to as the serpent. (2085) The traveler, Satan, is pulling Goodman Brown deeper and deeper into the forest. When Goodman Brown starts to realize that questioning his faith is a dangerous thing to do and something his father and grandfather would have never done Satan counters his statements by sharing the truth with Brown that his father was a hypocrite who overly beat a woman and his grandfather murdered Indians. Satan also tells Brown that he is good friends with many church deacons and that they have also come into the forest and made a pact with him. These statements further solidify Goodman Brown's doubts in the Puritan faith.

The traveler (Satan) also carriers with him a staff which is black in color: a symbol of evil. The staff is also in the shape of a snake, a snake represents deception and temptation and in this story it symbolizes the guilty purpose that has brought Brown to the forest. When someone takes hold of the staff ...

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Good Brown experienced were a dream, it was so vivid that he can't get it out of his mind. When he's awake he thinks everyone he knows is hiding a dark secret. He thought going into the forest to make communion with the devil would allow him to see the honest truth of his neighbor's hidden secrets but still be able to live a good Christian life. He finds out the hard way that even in a dream his bond with the devil stills holds power on him in his waking life. In the end Goodman Brown is completely consumed by his doubts and suspicions and life for him will never be the same. The symbols of Goodman Brown's dream embody his doubts and suspicions allowing the reader to see a glimpse ...

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Added: 6/15/2012 09:02:46 AM
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