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The Dangers of the Norm and Beliefs in Young Goodman Brown One of the most dangerous things that a person can do to themselves is become totally set in their ways A person become so set in their way of life that if something comes along and alters it in the slightest little way it can disturb them psychologically A great example of this is in Nathaniel Hawthornes short story Young Goodman Brown In the story the character Goodman Brown is extremely set is his belief structure He believes deep down that all people are God-fearing Christians and they lead completely moral lives Then suddenly his world is thrown into upheaval when what couldve been a dream but was in fact reality interfered with his beliefs and he could no longer trust his fellow man Hawthornes story Young Goodman Brown deals with the dangers of living in the norm by showing the strictness of the Puritan religion temptation of man and loss of faith To quote the movie Dogma Its good to have beliefs but I just think its better to have ideas I mean you can change an idea Changing a belief is a little trickier People die for them People kill for them Now it is a good thing to have beliefs but in selecting a belief structure one should be careful What one person believes might conflict with what another believes and it could cause a rift That is one of Browns downfalls He has himself so wrapped up in his way of life and what he believes that it clouds his mind from the reality that his fellow townspeople do not walk the same line that he does On thing that is present in Hawthornes writing is his disgust for the Puritan religion Their life of persecution and non-diversity is slightly chaotic He presents Brown with an anal retentiveness to Puritanism which he follows to a T But
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