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The Symbolism of Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne is a nineteenth-century American writer of the Romantic Movement Hawthorne was born is Salem Massachusetts and this is the place he used as the setting for some of his works such as The Scarlett Letter the Blithedale Romance and Young Goodman Brown In writing Hawthorne was known for his use of allegory and symbolism which made his stories a joy for everyone to read Hawthorne was said to be the first American writer who was conscious of the failure of modern man to realize his full capacity for moral growth His stories contain much about the life he knew as a child being brought up in a Puritan society As Hawthornes writing continued it was filled with the same amount of sin and evil as his first writings Evil that was revealed through his works Young Goodman Brown was said to be one of the best stories ever written by Hawthorne Adams70 The Marble Faun and the Scarlett Letter were some of the other stories written by Hawthorne and they were said to be Young Goodman Brown grown older In this selection there is a question of maturity for Goodman Brown and whether he is good or evil There is also a transition from childishness to adolescence to maturity This short story in particular has a feeling of adultery betrayal and deception as in some of his other works It was said by Richard P Adams that young Goodman Brown was a germ for nearly all his best work that followed Adams 71 The use of symbolism in young Goodman Brown shows that evil is everywhere which becomes evident in the conclusion of this short story Hawthornes works are filled with symbolic elements and allegorical elements Young Goodman Brown deals mostly with conventional allegorical elements such as Young Goodman Brown and Faith In writing his short stories or novels he based their depiction of sin on the
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