Question 2: In Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown”, does it matter whether or not the protagonist, Goodman Brown, Dreamt the events in the story?
Hawthorne‘s “Young Goodman Brown” (YGB) is such a richly layered, compelling and compact masterpiece that lends itself to multiple interpretations and dimensions of meaning when read with different approaches. It is all at once: a satirical allegory, a gothic story, a psychological investigation of Hawthorne’s own mind, a historical treatise of American Puritanism, a feminist record of woman’s plight in Puritan Times, a condensed dispensation of Hawthorne’s philosophical and religious beliefs and also a vent for his own personal catharsis.
The question of whether the protagonist, YGB, dreamt the events in the story will be evaluated according to the following three criteria: Firstly, whether it is relevant to the various interpretative approaches. Secondly, whether its adds to the thickness of meaning in the story. Thirdly, and lastly, whether it has any …show more content…
The Devil’s disclosure to YGB that his church leaders in the likes of Goody Cloyse, the Minister and Deacon Gookin are members of his Black Sabbath congregation by night must have caused him to be “overburdened with the heavy sickness of his heart” (page 6, para 1, line 2) for they have betrayed Goodman‘s trust and respect for the Church’s mandate”.
Confrontation with Humankind
YGB realizes the conflicting nature of his loved ones and respected church leaders. His mind is unable to accept their hypocrisy and he lost his belief in the goodness of humanity. He became socially withdrawn and isolated from Faith, his children and church community. On his epitaph, there is “no hopeful verse upon is tombstone” (page 10, para 1, lines 3-4) when Goodman passes
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The most understandable emotion Young Goodman Brown goes through is betrayal. In his Puritan community, Young Goodman Brown felt a sense of security and nourishment. When he sees his catechism teacher, he is forced to reevaluate everything that she has told him and he feels that everything she has said has influenced him to partake in this journey. Young Goodman
Preparing to accept 'his destiny ' as the dark figure so boldly stated. By the next Sabbath-day that takes place, Goodman Brown is present yet he is a changed man. “. . .when the congregation was singing a holy psalm, he could not listen, because an anthem of sin rushed loudly upon his ear, and drowned out all the blessed strain” (Hawthorne 357).
The setting appears to symbolize the world outside Puritan Salem, and thus, outside Goodman Brown’s capacity. The forest’s ambience triggers his acknowledgment of the true portrayal of life, embodying his fears and suspicions of what truly stands out of the norm. The path Goodman Brown journeys upon not only represents an embodiment of his fears and angst, but also as a passage of unavoidable sin and duality that later becomes the epitome of his pride’s destruction and ultimate recognition of the nature of life. During his solitary expedition through the woods, Goodman Brown also faces numerous Puritan citizens whom he originally assumes to be solely pure, such as Goody Cloyse and Deacon Gookin. He later realizes that the journey he has commenced upon is a ceremonial form of a sinful congregation; by encountering his fellow citizens, he fully acknowledges the nature of life.
“On the Sabbath day, when the congregation were singing a holy psalm, he would not listen because an anthem of sin rushed loudly upon his ear and drowned all the blessed strain. (pg. 456)” Brown would grow with the idea that all his loved ones are “sinful” and he would be somewhat of a recluse, by setting himself apart from the community, family, and church. The story states that he would die this way, and hardly anyone would come to his grave. We see that with Young Goodman Brown, even though he was sound in his faith, he lost what it is that made him feel free.
Dreams are a common thing in society that hold and bond people together. Hope is in many aspects of our life as well, and fuel many of the wishes Americans possess. From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's famous “I Have a Dream” speech, to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun play, we find that accomplishing these dreams and goals is something that takes courage or passion. Throughout these two pieces of literature, equality, racism, dreams, and hope are common themes. We can find that real human beings and simple characters share the desire of freedom, and strive for better opportunities in life.
In the memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson, a theme is dreams are achievable despite obstacles. Throughout the book, Jackie shows an interest in storytelling, and achieving her dream of becoming a writer. The first example of dreams can be shown when Jackie explains how she struggles when reading in class. She goes at a much slower pace than everyone else, and by the time she is done reading the class has already moved on to something else. In Woodsons poem, “gifted,” Jackie states that, “I am not gifted.
Goodman Brown loses his faith in his humanity when evil prevails itself in many forms, leaving him to speculate the behavior and beliefs of everyone encircles around him. This story also contains similar Biblical characteristics of the sinful nature in man. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to define that wickedness exist in all humanity and nothing is the way it seems. The story begins with Goodman Brown and his wife named Faith bartering a goodbye kiss.
In this novel the Momary dreams are symbolic of Draper Doyle’s coming-of-age. In the beginning of the novel Draper is seen running away from Momary covering himself. However, by the end of the novel he faces her uncovered and even chooses to kiss her. This act illustrates just how much Draper has changed over the course of the novel. The once scared and repressed young boy is now shown facing something that he had feared.
Similarities of “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown” “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown” are two short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that share many similarities. In his writings, Hawthorne displays a fascination with the Puritanical beliefs and ideals associated with sin and wickedness. Such ideals serve as a common thread that weaves the stories together by using a religious base, symbolism, and a dark mood. First, Hawthorne’s meticulous usage of religion is the foundation of both stories.
“Young Goodman Brown.” : An Annotated Bibliography “Young Goodman Brown” is a story about a man who challenges his faith in himself and in the community in which he resides. Gregory, Leslie. " The Text of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's "Young Goodman Brown". " American Literature Research and Analysis.
Sexist Young Goodman Brown In reading this classic tale from 1853 which was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I became intrigued first by the theme of the 1800’s with shadowy undertones of biblical evilness. Although, in reviewing the story further I noticed a certain distinctive trends of old world flare that was unmistakable. These tones are of sexism which sadly marked the time period historically to such extent in which the structured confinements of gender responsibilities. Hawthorne orchestrates the underpinning of chauvinism within the very first paragraph “put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife.
In the story “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorn uses symbolism and imagery to present the idea that messing with good versus evil is a dangerous decision. The reader is able to take away that Young Goodman Brown made the decision to choose evil and in the end he ended up dying an unhappy man. This vivid imagery and symbolism shown in the short story wasn’t enough to frighten Brown, but
This talk of devilish acts from people known to Goodman Brown as holier than all causes Goodman Brown great pain and confusion even to the point where he was “ready to sink down on the ground, faint and overburdened” from what he had just witnessed (5). In the short time from when Goodman Brown enters the forest, sees Goody Cloyse, and sees the minister and the deacon, his entire life and upbringing is
At the same time, there is also concern for the dream 's operating capacity, if it was a catalyst or a trigger. Regardless of the either/or situations, we are compelled to believe that the dream matters very little, if at all. However, through this essay, the focus would be on how the dream is merely a catalyst and not a trigger which ultimately results in Brown undergoing a shift in his perspective and becoming disillusioned with the concept of religious faith, a path he was already on even without the dream happening. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Brown leaving Faith, his wife.