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In many of Nathaniel Hawthornes short stories he creates characters with either a malicious or evil feature to relay to the reader a more allegorical meaning Many would say he targets woman without justification Therefore a reader may interpret him to be a misogynist In the story Rapaccinnis Daughter he uses Beatrice as a carrier of a deadly poison In Young Goodman he targets Faith as the character who is lost to the Devil In the stories Rappaccinis Daughter and The Birthmark Hawthorne also uses men as transmitters of evil illicitly The men involved in the stories have their own flaws which contribute to the flaws of the women in their lives Ultimately Hawthorne in the cases above can be seen as a misogynist who directs his maliciousness on only women yet he also uses male characters as vile transmitters of evil therefore he is not a misogynist and targets both sexes equally In Young Goodman Brown Faith the wife of Young Goodman Brown is a character who loses her faith and submits to the Devil Hawthorne in this case directly uses faith as the carrier of a flaw That is she does not contain enough self-control or faith to refuse the calling of the Devil Even with the emotional plea from her husband Look up to heaven and resist the wicked one 1590 Faith cannot resist the Devils temptation and has uncertain sorrow 1587 after submitting to him The character of Faith which Hawthorne portrays is one of uncertainty and one which has a lack of self control Faith is a good example of how Hawthorne uses a woman to symbolize a deeper significance in this case it is to evoke the hypocrisy of the Puritan people that is Puritans are really not as pure as we all think they also contain evil characteristics in this case exploited at night We cannot justify Hawthornes usage of Faith as misogyny
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