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In short stories I have learned that there is much more than what atBRfirst meets the eye Almost everything in the story has meaning All IBRhave to do is try to find the hints and clues the writer drops andBRmanage to put them all together I have to concentrate more than I everBRhave so that I can interpret the authors meaning and what he or sheBRmight really be trying to convey in the writing In Young GoodmanBRBrown by Nathaniel Hawthorne I determined that through diverseBRsymbolism Hawthorne writes of a man who in his coming of age learnsBRthat there is a darkness in everyone and upon this coming of knowledgeBR From the start Hawthorne describes Goodman Brown as a good Puritan whoBRis devoted to his wife Faith whose name he uses like a shield for hisBRsoul At the beginning of his walk through the woods Brown runs intoBRthe Devil who tries to convert him this is shown by the DevilsBRoffering of the staff to Brown The Devil goes on to say that BrownsBRfamily has had dealings with evil in the past examples used are theBRSalem witch trials and the killing of Indian non-combatants This mayBRbe Hawthornes way of dealing with guilt he might have felt over his ownBRforbears actions during those times Brown goes on to say that heBRcould not bear the shame of betraying his faith while the Devil isBRnaming people known and respected by Brown to try to show him that itBRwouldnt really be that bad if Brown joined the witches coven WhenBRGoody Cloyse is encountered Brown learns how she truly feels about himBRalso Goody Cloyse freely takes up the Devils staff Proud of himselfBRfor denying the Devil while again using his wifes name to strengthenBRhis resolve Brown discovers that his respected Minister Deacon GookinBRand even the Indians are all servants of the Devil When Brown learnsBRthat his wife has given into the temptation of the Devil the ChristianBRbelief he is struggling to keep
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