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In Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism and irony to illustrate the theme of man oblivious that sin is an inescapable part of human nature attempting to escape from sin The way in which Hawthorne uses to describe the way Goodman Brown is changed by realizing the reality of the world is superb By using the idea of dreams to convey the point of no body in the world is perfect was I believe an excellent idea The idea that mankind is perfectible or perhaps that good Puritans are without imperfection seems to dominate the world view of Hawthornes Puritan character Young Goodman Brown His naive ideas are contrasted against the vision of profound betrayal in the forest to create a stark illustration of one possible truth Goodman Browns struggle between the evil temptations the devil and the proper church abiding life is a struggle he does not think he can face He reiterates his false confidence to himself repeatedly This characteristic of Goodman Brown is similar to the life lead by the author Nathaniel Hawthorne one of self-doubt Nathaniel Hawthorne was an unhappy person his entire life never satisfied with his accomplishments At the storys outset Young Goodman Brown bids farewell to his young wife The facet of Browns life which she represents is illustrated by her name Faith and in Hawthornes visual description thrust her own pretty head into the street letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cappg310 The very image of this womans pretty head being thrust out into the world after Goodman Brown as the wind an unforgiving element of profane nature fondles her pink ribbons sets up the comparison between nature and the home symbolically Nature specifically the wind the forest the darkness of evening symbolizes evil and sinfulness The home namely Faith and her ribbons symbolizes the perceived safety and surety of the Puritan community as a refuge from the sin of the
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