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The Downfall of Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorn is an excellent short story telling of Young Goodman Browns the main character religious trials and tribulations If a person had seen the minister of a church playing poker at a neighbors house would heshe reconsider hisher faith and deem him a hoax Possibly Society has a set of ideals placed upon religious leaders and if they should sway away from the ideals society will damn them Hawthorne attacks Puritanism in this short story through the struggles between good and evil symbolism and blasphemy of the church Young Goodman Brown struggles often in the story between good and evil In the beginning of the story Brown struggles with the dilemma of going to meet with the devil and his wife Faith asking Pray tarry with me this night dear husband Upon meeting the devil at the beginning of the forest trail Brown states Faith kept me back awhile The reader can look either at Faith as his wife or Faith as in his religious belief Although the story claims that Faith is his wife the religious side is that Brown is struggling between meeting with the devil or keeping to his faith and staying true to God At midpoint in the journey Brown and the devil come upon Goody Cloyse the catechism teacher Goody is not surprised to see the devil in fact she carries on a conversation with him and uses his staff to whisk her away to his meeting of worship Brown is outraged that his catechism teacher is mingling with the devil and demands Not another step will I budge The devil asks Brown to rest awhile and think about his anger and if Brown decides to continue the journey he may use the staff that the devil left at his feet to use in traveling faster to the meeting As Brown is sitting and gloating in his
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