Young Goodman Brown Analysis
The name of the short story, “Young Goodman Brown” composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, ends up being a Paradoxical declaration after reading the entire piece. The term “Goodman” actually translates to a man who has a higher standard of morality and goodwill. However, specific elements of the short story mock the term and rather, it exposes non-Christian ideologies. The story starts with the protagonist, Goodman Brown, leaving his better half, Faith, to pursue a one-night journey. Currently, a significance for Goodman morality and faith can be seen Just through his spouse’s name.
The act of IM leaving his “Faith” can foreshadow an ominous experience that Goodman will come across during his Journey. The line, “… She [Faith] spoke, there was trouble In her face, as If a dream had warned her …” On page 585, strengthens the threatening foreshadow to be encountered by Goodman. Another line in the story, “… Felt himself justified in making more rush on his present evil function. “, supplies insight onto what Goodman real intents are, and adds a paradoxical tone to the lead character’s name.
The traveler that Goodman encounters on his Journey is ultimately exposed to be the Devil himself In the scene when the tourist touches Goody Close with his personnel and she shrieks out “the devil. “, on page 588. Traveling with the Devil during Goodman journey can represent Goodman efforts to prevent temptations in addition to personify his struggle to handle his faith in his religious beliefs. Throughout the narrative, the author concentrates on presenting ideas of hypocrisy in religion. He initially presents the concept in the line, “… Have been as well familiarized with your household as with ever a one amongst the Puritans (page 586).” This line was spoken by Satan in the narrative, and states owe Satan was constantly present In Goodman family affairs, although they provided themselves as pious Puritans. Learning more into the short story, the author exposes every one of Goodman townspeople as devil worshippers. Goody Close, a really pious old lady of excellent morals was revealed to be a specialist of witch craft.
This scene of the story was particularly important since this female had taught Goodman all of what was best and incorrect in his youth. The fact that she had been exposed to be an evil devil worshipper can serve as damage to Goodman morality. The scene where Goodman shrieks up Into the clear and tarry night sky proclaiming that he will stand firm versus the devil when all of a sudden dark ominous clouds cover the stars once again reaffirm despaired and spiral Goodman into further disappointing hopelessness.
The author uses the setting here to aesthetically represent Goodman ultimate lost in faith and the scene where Goodman hears his spouse’s name, Faith, being chanted by the townspeople (exposed devil worshippers) and finally hears her shout signifies that his Faith has passed away, actually and metaphorically. The lines, “Evil Is the nature of humanity”, and “Evil should be your only happiness” essentially act as the whole theme of this short story. The fact that the author presents pious and holy townspeople catching the evils of temptations and devil worshipping only exhibits these two lines.
In the end of the narrative, Goodman goes back to the town and not sure of whether everything he experienced in the Journey was a dream, lives the rest of his life In anger, desperation, and despondence. The ending of the narrative can be Translated as mankind’s ultimate surrendering Into wicked Ana nebulousness. I en story speaks up to annual difficult quest to live piously and exposes that humanity can not escape their wicked ways and will constantly go back to sin.