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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story that is rich in metaphors which ultimately question the very morals and ethics of his religious society In Young Goodman Brown Goodman Brown is a proud Puritan who meets with the devil that causes him to become aware of the society he lives in The story about Goodman Brown centers on a proud man who thinks that a meeting with the Devil cant alter his faith in religion He also desires to find more about his inner domains but eventually finds out how hypocritical his community is The storys crux is based upon religious metaphors of Hawthornes town of Salem during their religious conflict The beginning of the story mentions the Goodmans wife Faith who has a double meaning to her name Goodmans name also should not be overlooked because it is a double-edged sword as well Hawthorne plays with Faiths name in that it symbolizes religious faith Faith- Goodmans wife- is seen as a pious woman who like Goodman is deep into her religious beliefs She is innocent like her religion To indicate Faiths innocence Hawthorne gave her pink ribbons to wear These ribbons are important because they expose Faiths character Pink is seen as a pleasant color that promotes no tension Pink is not as violent as red or gloomy as black In addition there is Goodman His name represents what his society thought of him He was a religious good person who came from a long linage of prominent PuritansYoung Goodman Brown begins when Faith Browns wife pleads with him not to go on his errand Goodman Brown says to his love and my Faith passage 5 that this one night I must tarry away from thee passage 5 When he says his love and his Faith he is talking to his wife but he is also talking to his faith in God He is venturing into the woods to meet with the
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