Faith And Evil Temptations In Young Goodman Brown

The short story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses the issue of one's faith and the struggle of an individual to resist the evil temptations that surrounds him (Goodman Brown), which is still an issue of debate whether the night of evil worship the Goody Brown witnessed one night was a real or only an illusion. The story is full of religious and spiritual allusions, starting with the name of its characters, up to the situations and dilemmas these characters are in. An example of a character that is used for spiritual allusion is that of Goodman Brown's name and the name of his young wife, Faith. By using these names, the readers will have an idea that the characters ...

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times when there are speculations of witch ritual meetings (where Salem was said to have profound experiences of such) and there is an ongoing religious strife among the members of the community. At first, we, the readers, are shown how Goody Brown was a steadfast individual, reiterating to himself that he is not one who will be tempted by the evil. However, as his paranoia over his co-fellows in the community grew (suspecting people of good and noble character to be members of the secret evil cult that he witnessed during that night), we are suddenly shown a different Goody Brown character; instead of the brave, religious, and steadfast young man, we the readers are confronted with a paranoid and doubting man after he witnessed the secret night meeting of his community members that night.
It can be said that Goody Brown may have only saw that event as a result of his wild imagination, and that event was only a result of his fears and doubts in his life. Indeed, what he saw ...

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