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A mythological critic examines a work for repeating patterns that show the reasoning for various aspects of human life In other words upon analyzing a piece of literature one will discover the whys of the human race This could be anything from birth and death to defeating death itself A story that contains these aspects would be Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne In this story Goodman Brown has to take a spiritual journey on a walk through the forest He encounters the Devil and he tempts Brown with all sorts of ways to leave the path The exact opposite of the Devil is represented in Browns wife Faith Faith represents Browns faith in God An excerpt that best represents the Mythological Approach to Criticism is as follows Dearest heart whispered she softly and rather sadly when her lips were close to his ear pry thee 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 year2186 This is a prime example of Faiths relying on premonitions An example of the use of Archetypal Approach to Criticism would be the pink ribbons found in Faiths hair There is a point in the story where Brown cant turn back from his journey and because of this Brown sees Faiths ribbons fall from the sky There was a scream drowned immediately in a louder murmur of voices fading into far-off laughter as the dark cloud swept away leaving the clear and silent sky above Goodman Brown But something fluttered lightly down through the air and caught on the branch of the tree The young man seized
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