If all sins or wrongdoings were publicized, would we stop treating each other the same? In both short stories, “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, both stories involve characters are witness secret sins occur, altering their perspective. In “Young Goodman Brown” Brown, goes on an expedition to his local forests, uncovering the reality of the secret sinners. In the “The Minister’s Black Veil” the minister wears an unexpected black veil to symbolize he had sinned, while his town creates an uproar while his town creates an uproar, refusing to admit they are sinners as well. While sin defines any immoral act committed, it can only be corrected if acknowledged.
Goodman Brown is betrayed by his family and community, however he is equally at fault for betraying his family and community, as well as his own beliefs. This betrayal leads the protagonist to question the world and people around him. The theme of this short story is that betrayal leads to consequences and these consequences can be nonstop. Although it is not clear to the audience if Goodman Brown’s journey into the forest is a dream of reality, the plot offers insight into the protagonist’s subconscious and his struggle with faith. In this story, Young Goodman Brown sets off on a secretive adventure into the woods that he is very cautious about from the start.
In the story “Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown faces a spiritual dilemma. This is the story of one young man’s hallucinogenic journey through the woods. Whether or not this was a dream or reality, finding out the devastating true nature about the holy community he was raised in, him being misinformed about the members of his family, or the continuous struggle to hold on to his fault; this journey will have crippling effects on the rest of his life. Young Goodman Brown’s seemly holy community turns out to be the exact opposite. Most of these small Puritan community members are in cahoots with the devil.
“Nanabush went about his work making the world what it was meant to be.” This quote is a representation of Nanabush, the protagonists attitude, to keep moving forward. The many struggles Nanabush excels through demonstrate his mental toughness. First, a person vs nature conflict, Nanabush’s blindness. The worst of this conflict, his blindness is shown by him falling in the forest. Displayed by the line, “but he stumbled onto, into the bush.” His blindness is a conflict as he is finding it difficult to do normal tasks, from walking to carving which was shown in Pt 1, line 120.
When Goodman Brown is being tempted to go to the witches Sabbath, we see even those who must be the most holy people of the town on their way to the Sabbath, making Goody Cloyse “a marvel, truly, that [she] should be so far in the wilderness at nightfall” (Hawthorne 3). The devil uses this person, especially to try to push Brown over the edge into temptation. Much like there is a ‘Faith’ keeping a person on the mindset of goodness and pureness, there are aspects of life drawing us away from the goodness. Temptation is everywhere and the goal of temptation is to lead you away from purity to the evil. This temptation is often ignored or denied in an attempt to not fall into it.
“An Entrance to the Woods” is an essay by Wendell Berry about the serenity and importance of nature in his life. In this essay, the author uses tone shifts from dark to light to convey his idea of finding rebirth and rejuvenation through nature. In the beginning of the essay, Berry has left civilization for the first time in a while, and finds himself missing human company and feeling “inexplicably sad” (671). This feeling of sadness is in part from the woods itself, and partly due to Berry leaving the hustle and bustle of normal life in the cities, and the violent change from constant noise to silence causes him to feel lonely in the woods. As a result of feeling alone in the woods, the tone of the essay is dark and brooding, as seen through Berry’s somber diction and mood, as seen on page 671: “And then a heavy feeling of melancholy and lonesomeness comes over me.
Hucks guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, practice Christianity. Huck and Jim on the other hand, believe in superstition: they look for signs for answers rather than God. They look for bad signs in everything; if anything bad happened to them they 're sure to have a sign that was leading to it. Though their superstitions are silly, they do have reason to believe bad things will happen to them: they live in a world where nature is dangerous and people act with hatred. Huck has a realization that the Christian “good’’ isn 't really “good”; they believe Huck will be condemned to hell for saving Jim from slavery.
In Hawthorne’s short story, Young Goodman Brown’s journey in the forest is a lesson that, through the use of symbols, portrays the thought that all men are sinners at heart. The idea that faith being both his wife and his actual belief in religion cannot keep temptation away forever is made clear in the beginning of the story. In his colloquy with the devil, the goodman says “‘Faith kept me back a while,’ replied the young man, with tremor in his voice, caused by the sudden appearance of his companion, though not wholly unexpected” (Hawthorne 1). From this quote, it is evident that his wife Faith, being a symbol of his religious faith, did not want him to accompany the devil to the forest,
The experience can be seen the symbol and imagery of the path, the old man’s twisted staff and Goodman Brown’s wife Faith. Goodman Brown tells his wife that he must go on a journey. Although he implies it is a physical journey, the journey turns out to be a spiritual one for the battle for his soul. At the edge of the forest, just as he is entering the woods, Goodman Brown “. .
Discuss Shakespeare’s presentation of disguise and deception at this point in the play. Feste’s role as Sir Topas serves as a form of both disguise and deception; Feste presents his role as the religious priest who has come to help Malvolio cure his supposed madness without Malvolio himself figuring out it’s actually Feste in disguise, initiating the role reversal aspect of this scene. Firstly, this is shown through their conversation with Feste as Sir Topas shouting concendencing insults of ‘hyperbolic fiend’ and ‘dishonest Satan’ towards Malvolio who is trying to proclaim his innocence. The adjective ‘hyperbolic’ connotes exaggeration which is a habit to knowingly commit when lying to make something sound believable, thus the adjective ‘dishonest’. The nouns ‘fiend’ and ‘Satan’ fit in the semantic field of Hell, in direct contrast to the Puritan belief and innocence he believes he has.