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Symbols are utilized as an enhancement tool to stress the theme of each story In the story Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne uses the imagery of nature to develop the theme of appearance vs reality This is because the forest plays a role in exposing the reality that Goodman Brown rejects He went in a deceived man and exits with a shocking new view The majority of Hawthornes symbols describe religion both good and evil Symbolism runs rampant through the text of Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne relies heavily on objects to portray Satanism The object of obvious Satanism is the staff mentioned throughout the story It is clearly identified when the old traveler throws it down in the sentence it assumed life being one of the rods which its owner had formerly lent to the Egyptian Magi 167 According to the Bible sorcerers with magic powers change their rods into serpents The story contains symbolic acts The devils comments during his sermon such as Evil is the nature of mankind Evil must be your only happiness 171 is a clear symbolic act of Satanism although Satanism is never mentioned by the author Likewise the imagery of the serpent can be interpreted as a representation of deception Of great significance to the story the serpent-like staff carried by the mysterious figure personifies Goodman Browns false impression of the unknown in human nature Brown has been deceived by a highly programmed society to believe that humans are upright but he comes to realize that when the curtain is pulled down their evil nature manifests The serpent is a suitable representation for deceit as they can appear one way then shed their skins and appear differently According to The Old Testament it was the serpent that tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden apples Then the Lord said to the woman What is this that you have done The woman said The serpent beguiled me and I ate
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