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The short story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the story of a man Goodman Brown who comes to find out that the people he surrounds himself with are not perfect During a journey testing his faith a traveler the devil is able to use Browns naivet against him After the devil has his way with Goodman Browns mind Brown is never again able to trust even his wife who is aptly named Faith let alone anyone else Browns view on humanity thereon is one of deceit The story is heavy in symbolism and the major symbols of this story are Goodman Brown himself his wife Faith and her pink ribbons the traveler he meets and the journey he takesGoodman Browns name plays as a symbol in the story His name Goodman means Gentleman during that time period and he is symbolic to mankindKorb 2 Robinson 3 In spite of his name there is no proof that Goodman Brown was ever a good person at allMathews 2 Throughout his whole journey into the forest he never makes the argument that he should stop because it is morally wrong Hawthorne provides many suggestions that indicate Brown has been looking for a way of justifying his participation rationalizing that everyone else has done likewiseMatheson 4 Brown most likely only resists during the ceremony because he realizes that his sins will be exposedYoung Goodman Browns wifes name is Faith and she has pink ribbons in her hair that are used as symbols throughout the story The name Faith is symbolic of Browns lost hopeMathews 2 When the pink ribbon falls from the sky he cries My Faith is goneHawthorne 38 Brown talks about how much faith he has but as James Mathews points out The insubstantiality for Browns religious faith manifests itself in the pink ribbons of his wifes cap their texture is aerie and their color the pastel of infancy2As Goodman Brown is about to leave
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