Allegory And Symbolism In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Stories with a little bit of edge but a major symbolic meaning are the type of stories in which people are entertained. In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses imagery, allegories, and symbols to not only entertain his audience but to teach them a life lesson. This story is one where you have to dig a little deeper to really reveal the true meaning that Hawthorne is trying to portray. I believe the symbolic meaning of this story is that we all have evil in our hearts and are all victims of it. In the beginning of this story Young Goodman Brown informs his wife he is going on a late night journey. After he leaves he finds himself feeling bad. He says, “What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought as she spoke there was trouble in her face, as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done tonight.” (para 7) This is illustrating that Goodman Brown knows that it was wrong of him to lie to her and leave her so late in the night yet he does it anyways. Once he enters the forest he states that “Faith kept him back a while.” (para 12) Brown is not only referring to his wife Faith but his actual faith. This shows the audience that our faith does hold us back from some temptation but it isn’t always strong enough to resist us from evil in everyday life.…show more content…
This was one of the pink ribbons that his wife Faith had been wearing in her hair. Goodman Brown was furious and believe that his wife was gone. He began yelling, “There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given.” (para 51) By Goodman Brown saying there is no good on earth he is going against God, he is creating a sin. This also shows us we all have evil in our hearts because he is agreeing with the devil when he stated this even if he didn’t realize he was doing
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