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Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorns esteemed short story Young Goodman Brown there are several symbols which express the allegory of how widespread and inescapable sin is within our world According to The Holy Bible and Puritan belief sin is the transgression of the Ten Commandments which was introduced into society after Adam broke the covenant for eating the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden This sin was passed throughout the generations for because the first father namely Adam sinned therefore each succeeding child was conceived in sin and born in iniquity Thus there is still evil that lurks in everyones souls for human nature is bound to be flawed and imperfect This inescapable evil sin in our world is frequently represented by several objects people and events in Young Goodman Brown as an attempt to prove that man no matter how righteous is always sinful Furthermore Hawthorn demonstrates the falsehood in Puritan belief and the many inaccuracies its catechism contains Nathaniel Hawthorn uses a plethora of allegorical symbols throughout his venerated short storyYoung Goodman Brown such as Young Goodman himself Faith the forest the fellow-traveler and the ritual in order to express the inescapable and widespread prevalence of evil within this world for even the most righteously devout humans are inherently sinful In Young Goodman Browns character sin was eventually shown to be inherent to his nature For example Young Goodman Browns name itself holds much significant symbolism for the names Young and Goodman imply that he is naive innocent and most importantly sinless Goodman believed that everyone in Salem was righteous and sinless as shown when he states We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs Hawthorn Albeit his curiosity led him to discover the unknown in the dark forest and thus this curiosity led him to venture on his journey However just like the proverb curiosity killed the cat Goodmans curiosity led him to discover
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