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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on the forth of July 1804 in Salem Massachusetts a descendant of Puritan immigrants one ancestor had been a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials Maybe this is where he got some of his inspiration for the story Young Goodman Brown The story of Young Goodman Brown is not just written to amuse people It is a story told with two levels of meaning a literal and a symbolic one The symbolic meaning reflects moral themes Hawthorne uses one thing to represent another In this story for example the names do have a deeper meaning Young Goodman Brown is called so because he really sees himself as a good man which is in my opinion ironic cause he thinks hes better than the other people in his town but meanwhile he just does the same as them and walks with the devil Also the name of his wife Faith has a symbolic meaning It isnt just the name of his wife but it also represents his faith in God When he first meets with the devil he says Faith kept me back awhile So this doesnt only mean that his wife kept him back but also that psychologically his faith in God kept him away from the devil at first Young Goodman Brown describes the mans staff as the only strange thing about him But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff which bore the likeness of a great black snake so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent There are 2 different references I can think of both are biblical and both would represent the staff as an object that shows the wickedness of Goodman Browns fellow-traveler The first reference I was thinking of is that of the snake in Genesis who leads Adam and Eve to
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