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Ultimately in life each person goes through the process of the demise of innocence because evil is omnipresent Everyone has a shadow side to himself Nathaniel Hawthornes short story Young Goodman Brown displays a protagonists archetypal journey to the discovery of evil in mankind Hawthornes use of the threshold motif depicts the archetypal struggle between good and evil and the inevitable loss of innocence Set in the Puritan age Goodman Brown embarks on a voyage into the dark forest where he uncovers the evil in everyday society Prophetically Goodman Brown begins his trip at sunset in the streets of Salem Massachusetts Hawthornes didactic narrative exemplifies loss of innocence through the use of archetypal motifs symbols and imagery The commencement of Goodman Browns archetypal quest demonstrates the beginning of a journey that may lead to jeopardy and Goodman Browns loss of innocence This quote from the beginning of the narrative is an example of Hawthornes threshold motif Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem Village but put his head back after crossing the threshold to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife Hawthorne 1 Goodman Brown is about to start a journey from his house which represents safety into the streets of Salem which symbolize danger also it shows that Browns faith is on the line because he steps into danger then back to safety to kiss his wife Faith and then steps back to danger His wifes name is Faith so she represents Browns faith and she wears pink ribbons which represent innocence Since Goodman Brown is leaving his wife it shows that he is going to lose his innocence sometime during his archetypal journey Another threshold motif is when Goodman Brown enters the forest which will ultimately lead to loss of innocence While in the forest Brown faces metaphorical monsters that challenge his principles and beliefs The main figure that Goodman Brown confronts is the devil further
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