Comparing Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown And Flannery O Connor

716 Words3 Pages
The whole forest was peopled with frightful sounds the creaking of the trees, the howling of wild beasts, and the yell of Indians; while sometimes the wind tolled like a distant church-bell, and sometimes gave a broad roar around the traveler, as if all Nature were laughing him to scorn. But he was himself the chief horror of the scene and shrank not from its other horrors (59). Author Nathaniel Hawthorne 's, and Flannery O 'Connor, religious background reflects on the themes of both stories since they demonstrate a strong sense of moral judgment and a distinction between good and evil. Why does the grandmother gets “redeemed” a distinction the end of the story, but not Young Goodman Brown, did she honestly got saved? The story begins with…show more content…
In addition, in Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne, religious background tied drastically to the theme of the story. Like Young man Brown, Hawthorne was also a Puritan, though he tries to escape his ancestral heritage, he was still born into a Puritan family. Goodman Brown character, morality is tested in the story when he met with the traveler, and he hears his teacher Goody Cloyse. She taught him his “catechism”, although Goodman hears her talk with the devil he still ran to hide because he does not want to be seen associated with a man of such nature. He appears more concerned about how his faith looks to other people, rather than the fact that he has chosen to meet with the devil. When he discovers from the traveler that his father, grandfather, Goody Cloyse, the minister, Deacon Cookin, and Faith are all acquaintances with the devil; he decides he might as well do the same. The Bible stated, “do not be deceived bad company ruins good morals”. Simply because Goodman church members know the devil he thinks it is acceptable to give the devil his innocence as well. Goodman Brown is a religious man he recognizes what is good and what is evil, and going into the forest was not a wise approach, and when the man tries to continue to persuade him to go farther into the dark forest; he knew he should have turned around and go back home to
Open Document