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An Analysis of the Allegory of a Man Pitted against His Past in Young Goodman Brown, a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Word Count: 334
The story about Young Goodman Brown centers around the allegory of a man pitted against his past and his desires to reach beyond that which his benighted heaven would put before him The allegory is Christian due to the references in Young Goodman Brown to the devil and Satan The beginning of the story mentions the goodmans wife Faith Faith kept me back awhile replied the young man with a tremor in his voice caused by the sudden appearance of his companion though not wholly unexpectedstanza 12 The man speaks in reference to his wife holding him back from his journeys I see this as an underlying feeling of uncertainty questioned by his beliefs Poor Little Faith thought he for his heart smote him stanza 5 The Faith for which goodman speaks seems at first to be thoughts about his wife When read a second time an underlying meaning renders visible Young Goodman Brown could of been speaking to his heart his faith tested and how week it felt that moment The goodman claims that he is from a family of good men that have never been into the forest on such an errand to meet the devil The goodman claims that he is from a family of good men that have never been into the forest on such an errand to meet the devil But where is Faith thought Goodman Brown stanza 57 He searches for his wife amongst the casted uncertainty of the fire and doubts of those around him This leads to Young Goodman Brown being described as a lunatic who cannot discern his religious fanaticism from reality And there they stood the only pair as it seemed where yet hesitating on the verge of wickedness in this dark world stanza 66 This may also symbolize Young Goodman Browns allegoric faith of Purity
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