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The Young in Young Goodman Brown When reading Hawthorns Young Goodman Brown one can note why his main character was ironically nicknamed young good man Brown The story is all three a dream vision a conventional allegory and finally an inquiry into the problem of faith that undermines the assumptions upon which the allegory is basedBloom 115 Although Hawthorn tries to confuse the reader with his dreamy allegories Brown still emerges with one main flaw Browns words actions and thoughts are remarkably similar to a childs The short story was written in Hawthorns early years which leads one to wonder about his intent Was he trying to relay a point he had just learned Struggling to be come a man Brown learns that there is a darkness in everyone Every man battles with change from childhood to manhood Faith Brown the wife of three months is simply Faith and Brown is Everyman Bloom 117 Many cultures consider marriage as the last step to become an adult Unfortunately Brown has many more things to learn Initially he is a nave and immature young man who fails to understand the gravity of the step he has taken Somewhere along his life Brown has agreed to sell his soul to the devil Nativity blinds Brown from seeing the severity of his actions He does not realize that everyone has sin in their lives and there is no reason to sell his soul Like most children Brown sees his related elders as perfect people Browns grandfather as Daniel Hoffman suspects has had illicit relations with Goody Cloyse This is the same grandfather who sadistically enjoyed as the devil tells Brown having lashed a half-naked Quaker woman so smartly through the streets Browns father vented his sexual rage in the violent destruction of an Indian Village during King Philips War Frank 223 From this passage it is easy to see that his
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