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Young Goodman Brownby Nathaniel HawthorneIn short stories I have learned that there is much more than what atfirst meets the eye Almost everything in the story has meaning All Ihave to do is try to find the hints and clues the writer drops andmanage to put them all together I have to concentrate more than I everhave so that I can interpret the authors meaning and what he or shemight really be trying to convey in the writing In Young GoodmanBrown by Nathaniel Hawthorne I determined that through diversesymbolism Hawthorne writes of a man who in his coming of age learnsthat there is a darkness in everyone and upon this coming of knowledgehe is forever changedFrom the start Hawthorne describes Goodman Brown as a good Puritan whois devoted to his wife Faith whose name he uses like a shieldfor hissoul At the beginning of his walk through the woods Brown runs intothe Devil who tries to convert him this is shown by the Devilsoffering of the staff to Brown The Devil goes on to say that Brownsfamily has had dealings with evil in the past examples used are theSalem witch trials and the killing of Indian non-combatants This maybe Hawthornes way of dealing with guilt he might have felt over his ownforbears actions during those times Brown goes on to say that hecould not bear the shame of betraying his faith while the Devil isnaming people known and respected by Brown to try to show him that itwouldnt really be that bad if Brown joined the witches coven WhenGoody Cloyse is encountered Brown learns how she truly feels about himalso Goody Cloyse freely takes up the Devils staff Proud of himselffor denying the Devil while again using his wifes name to strengthenhis resolve Brown discovers that his respected Minister Deacon Gookinand even the Indians are all servants of the Devil When Brown learnsthat his wife has given into the temptation of the Devil the Christianbelief
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