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Hawthorne and Symbolism Symbolism is a key in all or most writings Symbolism is what the reader needs in order to use his imagination In Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne through different symbolism Hawthorne writes about a man who in his coming of age This man is Goodman Brown and he learns that there is a darkness in everyone and upon this coming of knowledge his life is change forever First of all Hawthorne describes Goodman Brown as a good Puritan who is devoted to his wife Faith whose name he uses like a shield for his soul At the beginning of his walk through the woods Brown runs into the Devil who tries to convert him this is shown by the Devils offering of the staff to Brown The Devil goes on to say that Browns family has had dealings with evil in the past He uses the example of the Salem witch trials Brown goes on to say that he could not bear the shame of betraying his faith while the Devil is naming people known and respected by Brown to try to show him that it wouldnt really be that bad if Brown joined the witches plan Secondly when Goody Cloyse is encountered Brown learns how she truly feels about him Goody Cloyse freely takes up the Devils staff Proud of himself for denying the Devil while again using his wifes name to strengthen his resolve Brown discovers that his respected Minister Deacon Gookin is a servant of the Devil When Brown learns that his wife has given into the temptation of the Devil the Christian belief he is struggling to keep is shaken from him My Faith is gone There is no good on earth and sin is but a name Come devil for to thee is this world given This shows that the most important thing in Christianity his faith is lost Throughout the night Brown
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