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In short stories I have learned that there is much more than what meets the eye Nearly everything in the story has meaning All I have to do is try to find all the hints and clues the writer drops and manage to put them all together so I can interpret the writers meaning of what they are trying to convey in the writing In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne I determined he is writing about a man who is coming of age and learns that there is 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 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 his respected Minister Deacon Gookin and even the Indians are all servants of the Devil When Brown learns that his wife has given into the temptation of the Devil the Christian belief he is struggling to keep is shaken from him My Faith is
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