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In Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown the characters and settings are used to show allegory The characters and setting are used in metaphor to represent something else The whole story of Young Goodman Brown represents the journey of everyman Its path that everyone follows or so Hawthorne seems to believe The main character Young Goodman Brown represents the sense of everyone His last name Brown is a common name and therefore could be taken to mean everyone because it is so common Young could mean someone who is innocent and inexperienced He is newly married and starting his new life or journey down that path we call fate Goodman represents just that a good man Faith Goodman Browns wife represents just that faith She stands for Browns faith in god or a greater power than himself There was a scream drowned immediately in a louder murmur of voices fading into far-off laughter as the dark cloud swept away leaving the clear and silent sky above goodman Brown But something fluttered down through the air and caught on the branch of a tree The young man seized it and beheld a pink ribbon My Faith is gone cried he after one stupefied moment There is no good on earth and sin so but a name Come devil for to thee is this world given Hawthorne 196 The ribbon Brown seized from the branch was one of the things Hawthorne had used to describe Faith in the beginning of the story Brown apparently lost Faith when he lost his faith in god represented by the ribbon falling through the air The traveler represents the devil But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff which bore the likeness of a great black snake so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent This of course must have been an ocular
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