The World As Will And Idea And Young Goodman Brown: Symbols


"The World as Will and Idea" and "Young Goodman Brown": Symbols
The word symbol derives from the Greek verb symbolallein 'to throw together' and its noun symbolon 'mark, emblem, token or sign'. A symbol is an object animate or inanimate, which represents or stands for something else.
A literary symbol combines an image with a concept, words themselves are a kind of symbol. In literature an example of a public or universal symbol is a journey into the underworld and a return from it. Such a journey may be an interpretation of a spiritual experience, a dark night of the soul and a kind of redemptive odyssey. Symbols as well as images are used to represent objects, actions, feelings, ...

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that others have traveled the path before him. Sick at heart, he observes a witches' Sabbath and discovers the presence of his own wife. The next morning Goodman Brown returns to Salem a changed man, stern, sad and gloomy, he believes that all are cursed. It is difficult for the reader to determine if the events in this story actually took place of was it a dream 'Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest, and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting?'

Hawthorne uses symbolism and imagery throughout the story. Browns journey entails leaving light for darkness, civilization for wilderness and Faith for devilry. The very use of the name Faith for Brown's wife has a strong symbolic meaning, Hawthorne offers an ambiguous illustration of faith to counteract the vividness of the devil's presence. Faith who holds all of Brown's cherished virtues of love and companionship is apparently left behind, yet she appears at the devil's communion as an initiate. Faith in the ...

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