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Faith vs Temptation Temptation at one time or another has touched all of our lives What made us choose one path over the other Was it your faith in God your knowing of what was right and wrong or was it the influences of the loved ones you not only surround yourself with but the one you have trusted to lead down the straight and narrow All of these questions come to light in Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown Hawthornes tale is of a young newly wedded man and his internal struggle between faith and temptation Set in Salem at the times of the witch trials Young Goodman Brown begins to question his own faith as the devil himself sheds new light on Browns strong beliefs With heaven above and Faith below I will yet stand firm against the Devil Or will he Young Goodman Brown prepares to leave on his lonely life-changing journey by first saying good bye to his wife of three months Faith as his wife is called for symbolic reasons Im sure fears for her husband and wishes him to stay This good bye is Browns chance to choose faith over temptation Poor little faith thought he for his heart smote him What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand Brown gives in to temptation This wont be the last time Being scared and alone on his journey Brown talking to himself says What if the devil himself should be at my elbow A few more steps and Brown now has a companion coincidence I think not The only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable as his staff which bore the likeliness of a great black snakelike a living serpent It was after this initial greeting and Brown noticing his companions walking stick that Brown once again was torn between his faith and the temptation of the errand he was on Goodman
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