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I had never really analyzed any work of literature before this class I read books and stories for fun but never to analyze them I now understand that in any piece of literature there is always a background or hidden agenda that the author wants the reader to get from the reading In this paper I am going to analyze Nathaniels Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown to find the meaning In Young Goodman Brown the protagonist experiences redemption and through this redemption comes to an uncertain truth about himself and his life This uncertain truth lies within his faith in himself his community and his wifeYoung Goodman Brown is initially characterized in the story as a good Puritan who is devoted to his wife the community and the Christian way of life His wife Faith symbolizes his faith in himself the community and Faith herself Goodman Brown is struggling with temptation the devil and the ways of the Christian faith He doesnt feel that he can face this struggle He has a low level of confidence in himself as did the author Hawthorne himself Hawthorne wrote this story during a time when he himself was growing up doubting the Puritan faith This story takes place at least a generation after the Salem Witch Trials Both Brown and Hawthorne exhibit doubt in themselves as well as their ancestors Goodman Brown is also struggling with his past He must take a journey into the forest which represents temptation and evil but can also represent good Salem can be described as a good place as well as an evil place Several events take place during Browns journey On his way into the forest Brown meets his fellow traveler who is easily recognized as the devil The devil tries to get Brown to crossover from the Christian way of life to sin by offering his serpentine staff He makes several advances but Brown continually refuses The devil tells Brown that
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