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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne In short stories I have learned that there is much more than what at first meets the eye Almost everything in the story has meaning All I have to do is try to find the hints and clues the writer drops and manage to put them all together I have to concentrate more than I ever have so that I can interpret the authors meaning and what he or she might really be trying to convey in the writing In Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne I determined that through diverse symbolism Hawthorne writes of a man who in his coming of age learns that there is a darkness in everyone and upon this coming of knowledge he is forever changed From the start Hawthorne describes Goodman Brown as a good Puritan who is devoted to his wife Faith whose name he uses like a shield for his soul At the beginning of his walk through the woods Brown runs into the Devil who tries to convert him this is shown by the Devils offering of the staff to Brown The Devil goes on to say that Browns family has had dealings with evil in the past examples used are the Salem witch trials and the killing of Indian non-combatants This may be Hawthornes way of dealing with guilt he might have felt over his own forbears actions during those times Brown goes on to say that he could not bear the shame of betraying his faith while the Devil is naming people known and respected by Brown to try to show him that it wouldnt really be that bad if Brown joined the witches coven When Goody Cloyse is encountered Brown learns how she truly feels about him also Goody Cloyse freely takes up the Devils staff Proud of himself for denying the Devil while again using his wifes name to strengthen his resolve Brown discovers that
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