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Young Goodman Brown An Analysis Most criticism and reflection of Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown centers on the theme of good versus evil Critics also debate interpretations of the main characters consciousness is Young Goodman Brown awake or dreaming What is certain is that he lives and dies in pain because his belief in his righteousness leads him to isolate himself from his community It is also certain that Hawthornes interpretation of Browns mid-life crisis has uncertainty and leaves the reader with many different feelings about what and why certain things have happened Hawthornes use of symbolism in his symbolic tale Young Goodman Brown causes the main characters revelations about the sin within his community his family and himself Young Goodman Browns journey into the forest is a kind of general unstated story representing mans irrational force to leave faith home and security temporarily behind for whatever reason and take a chance with one trip into the woods of temptation Young Goodman Browns curiosity to find out what lies in the depths of the forest disables his ability to have a naive outlook on life and changes his attitude view on life and the way he lives until his death Young Goodman Brown has a mission to go into the forest and meet the devil A mission that he begins out of curiosity and a yearning to see if the teachings of his childhood his religion and his culture have given him enough will power to sufficiently look the devil in the face and return unchanged The symbol of the forest late at night can be interpreted as the untamed regions of Young Goodman Browns heart where the devil roams freely as he roams in the forest The forest is the devils territory When Young Goodman Brown ventures out into the forest for his battle with the devil he finds that in the
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