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The short story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a 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 naivete 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 there on is one of deceit This story has numerous associations with symbolism including the story of 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 Young Goodman Brown makes reference to him as being a young and a good person Then Hawthorne gives him such a common last name that it relates him to any and everybody The idea that it would be anyone or everybody symbolizes that it was a reference to all society In spite of his name there is no proof that Goodman Brown was ever a good person at all Throughout his whole journey in the forest he never makes the argument that he should stop because it is morally wrong Brown most likely only resists during the ceremony because he realizes that his sins will be exposedFaith Browns wife and her pink ribbons are used as symbols throughout the story Her pink ribbons symbolize her youth innocence and purity and her name symbolizes her husbands childlike spirituality at the beginning of the story The name Faith is symbolic of Browns lost hope When he says My love and my Faith he is using his wife as a symbol and is really referring to his love and faith in God He goes on to say this one night I must tarry away from thee He means
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