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Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown is set of the mid 1800s Hawthorne uses extensive symbolism This story took us on road of two parallel meanings of Goodmans life and faith With the many symbols we understand the loss of Goodmans faith Goodman Brown was a young Puritan Goodman has been called on an errand and his new wife Faith asks him not to go They are newly married and she doesnt want him to leave Goodman says that he has to go and looks back as she waves goodbye Faith is the symbol for what he left behind and needed to hang on to Faith has had dreams of his errand but Goodman puts them aside and goes forward with his plans When he returns he plans to follow her to heaven Faith represents faith in God and good She does not respond to Satans call Although she has been tempted many times she stood true to her faith Goodman takes a journey through the forest which is dark and has places you can see it but is a dark grim eerie place A forest can make you feel afraid of what you may find at every turn Hawthornes use of names is symbolic as well Goodman represents a good man where Goody Cloyses represents a spiritual woman Goodman meets a stranger and proceeds to walk with him The stranger carries a staff which resembles a serpent This stranger bears a resemblance to Goodman himself as if they could be father and son The stranger is Satan who takes him on a long adventure Satan being the originator of evil has planted a seed of doubt in Goodmans heart Goodman knows the right thing to do is to turn around and go back but he keeps listening to Satan and never really turns away Satan basis his friendship with Goodman on Satans history with his father
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