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In the story of Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne uses distinct symbolism when identifying his characters The names of his characters are symbolic in their meaning Hawthorne uses the idea of nature to put forth his point that his stories are symbolic to real life As he states from the preface to the eighteen fifty one edition of Twice-Told Tales Even in what puport to be pictures of actual life we have allegory not always warmly dressed in its habilments of flesh and blood as to be taken into the readers mind without a shiver The name Faith is used in the story as Goodman Browns wife has a strong symbolic meaning As Herman Melville points out when speaking of Hawthornes tragic vision There is a grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne He says NO in thunder but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes This to the idea of whether Goodman Browns decisions about his own faith is true or not maybe it is Hawthorne questioning his own faith through his character Goodman Brown is a faithful man but is unsure of his faith at times When his wife asks him not to go to the woods to meet the man he feels he must go This shows how he is questioning his faith by ignoring his wifes wishes for him to stay Dearest heart whispered she softly and rather sadly when her lips were close to his ear prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that shes afeard of herself sometimes Pray tarry with me this night dear husband of all nights in the year My love and my Faith replied young Goodman Brown of all nights in the year this one night must I tarry away from thee When Goodman Brown says he must go it shows that this is the ultimate test
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