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internal conflict between Faith and Reason in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Browne and The Minister's Black Veil
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A highly respected philosopher inventor intellectual and founding father Benjamin Franklin once ardently stated the way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason Encompassed in two of Nathaniel Hawthornes magnificent literary works Young Goodman Brown and The Ministers Black Veil the theme of the internal conflict between Faith and Reason is illustrated by Hawthornes characters In these works Hawthorne clearly demonstrates that the quest for Faith and the quest for Knowledge are often conflicting and that settling such turmoil is so blatantly necessary in order to carry out a spiritually enriching and intellectually wholesome lifetime Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown a tale about the Goodman who embarked on a journey down a dreary road darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne 166 into the expanses of his Faith in God and his Faith in society exhibits the struggle of the Goodman on his quest to attaining a counterbalance between truth knowledge and Faith Goodman made his way into the woods after departing with his dearest wife Faith to meet with a fellow traveler who would accompany him and consistently encourage him to advance along the path into the darkest parts of the woods However the Goodman periodically stops and exclaims that they have gone Too far Too far that him and his family are a people of prayer and good works to boot and abide no such wickedness YGB Hawthorne 168 and that there is his wife Faith who would have her dearest little heart broken and hed rather break his own YGB Hawthorne 169 than to continue on the journey with the traveler into the woods Contrary to the allegiance he had to his morals and to his dearest Faith he was intrigued by the temptation of Knowledge presented to him by the traveler who was later recognized as the Devil by Goodmans former Catechism teacher The traveler suggests that he should rest and if
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