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What is your Birth Sin Adams sin imputed to me and a corrupt nature dwelling in me A Puritan is a member of English Protestants who advocated strict religious discipline Nathaniel Hawthornes story Young Goodman Brown is meant as a critique to the ideals of Puritan faith Goodman Brown personifies many of the puritan characteristics which include fear and strict faith Puritan dogma teaches that humans are absolutely corrupt and require endless self-scrutiny to understand that they are sinners and undeserving of Gods Grace This is due to the fact that the covenant made between God and man was destroyed when Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge In the Puritan creed believers devotedly acknowledged the negative characteristics of their humanity more readily than the gifts they possessed Moreover the Puritan faith also confused the aspect of sin in the outside world The environment was continuously tempting man to allow its wickedness to flourish within Therefore the world contains wickedness and it is mans duty to rid the world of this wickedness To be sinful can only be defined as the tendency to live outside of ones nature Narcissism for example is a form of evil it is against ones nature to only be concerned with ones self Wickedness can also be in the form of inertia described as the predisposition to stay fixed and to not grow as a person Edmund Burke interpreted inertia as The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing To do nothing against injustices in the world is mans greatest evil Therefore being that evil is depicted as living outside of ones nature evil is a trait which can only dwell within man Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many symbols to represent Puritan belief and the mistakes its catechism contains Hawthorne uses such symbols are the forest the individuals Brown meets and Goodman Brown himself Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbols to support his ideas on
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