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Nathaniel Hawthornes The Young Goodman Brown is presented as an allegory of the peril innate of what ones decisions not following his heart and the cause and effect of Young Goodman Browns decision to take the wrong road Hawthornes use of symbolism is obvious throughout this story Perfect examples of symbolism begin with Hawthornes use of Goodmans wife Faith representing his religion use of scenery to symbolize the mood setting and sunset light the darkness of the woods Young Goodman Brown himself is a representation of human kindIn this story Young Goodman Brown has been characterized as a man of religious faith someone who believes and trust in his God to guide and support him down the right path Ironically as we read the story he has married a woman named Faith Her name is no accident as she will represent Browns religious conviction throughout the tale She calls for him to remain with her but Brown is determined to go his own wayAmen cried Goodman Brown Say thy prayers dear Faith and go to bed at dusk and no harm will come to thee 330 By saying these words to his wife he has reaffirmed the need to pursue the faith for which he believes in Prayers and faith will keep him strong The use of dusk represents the light or path to God who will protect him Another example of how his wife Faith is represented as an allegoric figure as Goodman thinks Well shes a blessed angel on earth and after this one night Ill cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven 330 In this phrase Faith is the representation of Heaven and things Godly As Young Goodman approaches the path that he must take on his journey he expresses once again how faith guides himYou are late Goodman Brown said he The clock of the Old South was striking as I came through Boston
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