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Nathaniel Hawthorne renowned dark romanticist and author of The Scarlet Letter and Young Goodman Brown displays a love for allegory and symbols Hawthornes use of light and dark imagery in both The Scarlet Letter and Young Goodman Brown symbolize good and evil and the struggle man faces to distinguish between the two In the beginningYoung Goodman Brown Goodman Brown in immediately advised by his wife Faith not to start his journey at nightfall and that he should wait until the sun rose the next morning quote pg 396 Hawthorne is emphasizing that Goodman Brown is journeying toward and in darkness This darkness represents evil and the realm of the devil Faith urges him not to travel into the night in order to avoid the devil Not listening to Faith Brown travels into the night and quote page 397 The path is dark and deep and the forest is dark and gloomy and represents evil and how he is venturing deeper into the path of sin Goodman is not able to characterize the forest as evil even with its darkness and gloom and makes the mistake of entering it anywaySimilar to the Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne uses dark imagery to invent a dark forest in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter the puritan town was a place where there was plentiful sunlight which represented the puritan way of life truthful and moral Hawthorne creates an image of the forest where Hester and Dimmesdale meet in secret as a place of darkness and sin quote The puritans considered the forest to be the devils playground The black man would wander around meeting with witches and recruiting people to sell their souls by signing his little black book Although the forest was considered to be sinful Hester and Dimmesdale still chose to gather thereAs Brown continues his venture into the forest he is swallowed by the darkness but seems to find a light above him quote
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