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Sin in the Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne After analyzing several of Nathaniel Hawthornes short stories it becomes apparent to the reader that he often wrote using the recurring theme of sin Though sin is present in all of his works there is much variation on the ways in which his characters come to understand the inherent evil that lurks inside every human being Whether expressed in the form of selfishness passion or obsession the sin is somehow masked and concealed from others and prevents humans from achieving pure goodness OToole Among Hawthornes many literary works The Birthmark The Ministers Black Veil and Young Goodman Brown provide excellent examples in depicting the variances among the common theme of evil and sin In Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne creates a conflict between Brown and his own acceptance of sin in mankind In the story Goodman Brown ventures into the forest where he meets a man who is described as about fifty years oldand bearing a considerable resemblance to him Brown though perhaps more in expression than features 738 Yet perhaps the most significant part of this description is that of the staff this man carried which bore the likeness of a great black snake 739 leading the reader to assume the man is evil if not the devil himself The devil leads Goodman Brown to meeting place deep within the woods where many honorable society members are worshipping evil Even the minister who is the closest human to God is there participating However possibly the most noteworthy character in attendance is Browns wife Faith who he previously called a blessed angel on earth Hawthorne Young Goodman Brown 738 While Goodman Brown went into the forest with the belief that all of his neighbors were pure and sin-free he exited with an opposing opinion of them and can no longer look at them the same way he used to With the statement There is no good on
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