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Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to tell us the story of Young Goodman Brown The whole story is an allegory to represent mans faith in religion and fear of the devil Throughout the story we find many forms of symbolism to further strengthen the allegorical theme of mans religious belief and internal doubts about religion The authors use of the name Faith for Goodman Browns wife can be interpreted as an allegory for religious faith The character is deeply religious and battles throughout the story with his faith Also in the story the author talks about the devils staff He mentions more then once the look of the staff being serpentine and amorphous before he clearly states it assumed life being one of the rods which its owner had formerly lent to the Egyptian Magi This clearly relates to the story of Moses in the bible when the staffs become serpents Not only is the staff symbolic of evil but this event is an allegory for the religious belief and the fight with the religious opposition We never are told if the events in the forest actually happened or if they were just a dream It really does not matter though His internal conflicts with his religious beliefs The religious fervor of the time And the doubts the events caused in young Goodman Brown caused him to become stern sad darkly meditative distrustful and a desparate man The story clearly reflects the puritanical religious fanaticism of the time the story is based in The author shows us a man who is driven by his religious beliefs and who thinks everyone around him is evil and in league with the devil I am sure it was this extreme religious deluded type
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