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Faith and the struggle to keep it is the theme of Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown In this story Hawthorne gives Goodman Browns wife the name of Faith for the obvious symbolism and irony it creates Throughout the story Goodman Brown is constantly trying to keep his religious faith which is lost somewhat when his wife Faith submits to evilGoodman Browns loss of Faith symbolically and literally is foreshadowed in the second paragraph of the story when Faith says A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that shes afraid of herself sometimes Pray tarry with me this night dear husband of all nights in the year This foreshadows events later in the story because Faiths fears were realizedHawthorne again uses the word Faith representatively when Goodman Brown is explaining his tardiness to the mysterious man in the twelfth paragraph by saying Faith kept me back a while Further interpretation of this sentence reveals that not only his wife kept him back but his religious faith also was a major factor in his lateness for he was jeopardizing this faith by proceeding into the forest The symbolism in the story becomes ironic in the forty-first paragraph And calm sleep would be his Goodman Brown that very night Hawthorne says which was to have been spent so wickedly but purely and sweetly now in the arms of Faith This foreshadowing becomes ironic upon finishing the story because Goodman Brown ended up spending that night wickedly and he lost Faith Hawthornes use of symbolism is most evident in the fiftieth paragraph when Goodman Brown cries My Faith is gone This short sentence clearly proves that Hawthorne is using the name Faith to represent the religious faith of Goodman Brown Therefore that cry not only means he lost his wife but it also means that his beliefs were shattered By interpreting Hawthornes symbolic use of the word Faith to mean Goodman Browns religious faith one
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