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English Hawthorne Judging Others Some consider judgement the greatest sin that man can commit Judgement occurs when one man criticizes another or nature In Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark judgement becomes a reoccurring theme In Young Goodman Brown the protagonist Goodman Brown embarks on a demonic mission where he consorts with the devil and judges his fellow men With the devils influence he concludes that all men are evil and from that point forward judges them as being evil In The Birthmark Aylmer sins by judging differently than Goodman Brown Rather than judge man Aylmer judges nature more specifically the flaws that exist within nature Aylmer and Goodman Brown sin by judging and both thus face a punishment In Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne focuses on the judgment of humanity through the use of protagonist Goodman Brown Goodman Brown leaves his home one day either in dream or reality to consort with the devil He travels until he arrives at a demonic funeral controlled by Satan Upon arrival Goodman Brown is initiated into a commune based on the decree that all men are evil Goodman Brown thereby becomes a character who judges humanity My faith is gone cried he after one stupefied moment There is no good on earth and is but a name Come Devil for to thee is this world given Hawthorne implies that Goodman Browns greatest sin is judgement He sins by becoming one of the Devils followers but in Hawthornes eyes committs an even greater sin by judging others That he has judged becomes apparent when Goodman Brown begins to invest in the Devils decree Lo there ye stand my children said the figure in a deep and solemn tone almost sad with its despairing awfulness as if his once angelic nature could yet mourn for our miserable race Depending upon one anothers hearts ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream Now are ye undeceived
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