Young Goodman Brown And The Birthmark: The Benefit Of Dreams

Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark, both stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, use dreams to uncover the central characters and put influence on the story. In each story, the dreams manifested are extremely helpful to the development of the story. These dreams show a new aspect of the characters within and the plot itself. At the same time, however, it becomes difficult to determine how much of the dream is affected by the character, and how much is pure imagination. In The Birthmark, Aylmer is haunted by his nighttime dreams of mutilating his wife in order to rid her of a small birthmark. This small detail later turns out to represent the conclusion of the story, while giving further ...

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stop at nothing in order to destroy the slight imperfection on the cheek of Georgiana. Dreams are often viewed as a perception of a person's unconscious mind. Aylmer is not a selfish man in his wishes for his wife to have her birthmark removed. He is just unable to control himself, much like children do. As a result of this new view of Hawthorne's character, we are now aware that Aylmer will not be held back by anything in his pursuit for what he believes to be perfection.
Young Goodman Brown's dream near the end of his story has a huge effect on his character. After an evening of making deals with the Devil and having all of his fellow neighbors show their loyalty to Satan, Brown wants to believe these outrageous events were all a dream which is very understandable. However, Brown turns a cold shoulder to Faith, his wife, after that night, and completely changes his behavior towards everyone. He begins to question whether the dream was, in fact, a dream, or did these ...

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