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Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains much symbolism The symbols take many forms from the setting to the characters The symbols can be viewed as just part of the story line but apon further thought they represent many different things Faith Browns wife is a symbol herself When he says My love and my Faith he is using his wife as a symbol and is really referring to his love and faith in God He goes on to say this one night I must tarry away from thee He means that he must part from his faith in God to carry on with his journey He also says to the devil Faith kept me back awhile and is making reference to a higher being that is trying to keep him from making his journey by delaying it When Brown finds the pink ribbon that his wife was wearing lying in the forest he says my Faith is gone and is referring to himself as losing his faith in God Also Goodman Browns errand symbolizes the Puritan voyage where they were to find the plan that God has set for them and let faith be their guidance As Goodman Brown continues his errand and thing begin to go array he grows weak and falls to the ground He begins to doubt whether there really was a Heaven above him and this is a key point when Goodman Browns faith begins to wain Goodman Brown in panic declares that With Heaven above and Faith below I will yet stand firm against the devil This is similar to a Puritan putting his faith in God and following God Plan The forest that Goodman Brown ventures to in itself is a symbol In the Puritan days the townspeople were barred from going into the forest because that is where evil lurked and even says my father never went into the woodsnor his
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