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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story that is thick with allegory Young Goodman Brown is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader In Young Goodman Brown Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community after he meets with the devil and causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community Young Goodman Brown begins when Faith Browns wife asks him not to go on anerrand Goodman Brown says to his love and my Faith that this one night I must tarry away from thee When he says his love and his Faith he is talking to his wife but he is also talking to his faith to God He is venturing into the woods to meet with the Devil and by doing so he leaves his unquestionable faith in God with his wife He resolves that he will cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven This is an example of the excessive pride because he feels that he can sin and meet with the Devil because of this promise that he made to himself There is a tremendous irony to this promise because when Goodman Brown comes back at dawn He can no longer look at his wife with the same faith he had before When Goodman Brown finally meets with the Devil he declares that the reason he was late was because Faith kept me back awhile This statement has a double meaning because his wife physically prevented him from being on time for his meeting with the devil but his faith to God is psychologically delayed his meeting with the devil The Devil had with him a staff that bore the likeness of a great black snake The staff which looked like a snake is a reference to the
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