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In Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism and irony to illustratethe theme of man oblivious that sin is an inescapable part of human nature attempting toescape from sin The way in which Hawthorne uses to describe the way Goodman Brownis changed by realizing the reality of the world is superb By using the idea of dreams toconvey the point of no body in the world is perfect was I believe an excellent idea Theidea that mankind is perfectible or perhaps that good Puritans are without imperfectionseems to dominate the world view of Hawthornes Puritan character Young GoodmanBrown His naive ideas are contrasted against the vision of profound betrayal in the forestto create a stark illustration of one possible truth Goodman Browns struggle between the evil temptations the devil and the properchurch abiding life is a struggle he does not think he can face He reiterates his falseconfidence to himself repeatedly This characteristic of Goodman Brown is similar to thelife lead by the author Nathaniel Hawthorne one of self-doubt Nathaniel Hawthorne wasan unhappy person his entire life never satisfied with his accomplishmentsAt the storys outset Young Goodman Brown bids farewell to his young wife Thefacet of Browns life which she represents is illustrated by her name Faith and inHawthornes visual description thrust her own pretty head into the street letting thewind play with the pink ribbons of her cappg310 The very image of this womanspretty head being thrust out into the world after Goodman Brown as the wind anunforgiving element of profane nature fondles her pink ribbons sets up the comparisonbetween nature and the home symbolically Nature specifically the wind the forest thedarkness of evening symbolizes evil and sinfulness The home namely Faith and herribbons symbolizes the perceived safety and surety of the Puritan community as a refugefrom the sin of the rest of the world There is certainly irony in the fact that it is the most pious church people whoappear at the evil
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