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Both Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown and Washington Irvings Rip Van Winkle are allegorical writings with a symbolic meaning beyond what we read on the surface Young Goodman Brown is a moral story in the form of the hero quest which is a search for self for understanding After a meeting with the devil his pride affects his relations with the community eventually making him an exile in his own community In Rip Van Winkle Hawthorne uses Rips sleeping and waking as an allegory for the conflicts between men and women parents and children alcoholism superstition and the struggles of new nation to find her way Goodman Brown exchanges a parting kiss with his young wife Faith p633 when he sets out on his journey at sunset Browns new bride asks him not to go on his errand My love and my Faith this one night I must tarry away from thee p633 When Brown says his love and his Faith he is talking to his wife but he is also talking about his spiritual faith to God When Goodman Brown meets with the Devil his excuse for being late was because Faith kept me back awhile p 634 There is a double meaning to his words because while his wife Faith physically prevented him from being on time for his meeting with the devil it was actually his spiritual faith which had caused the delay Young Goodman Brown mistakenly assumes that the other he is going to find in the wilderness will be something entirely separate from his God-fearing Puritan society But as is usual in a hero quest story things are not quite that simple Brown soon finds that the other is very much a part of him and society and that it is in no way separate or external Satan tells Brown that his father and grandfather took the same path years before They were my good friendsand many
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