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.
During conflicts, one places all the importance in one’s name and in how would it affect oneself, instead of worrying about the real consequences. As soon as the play starts, this selfish nature is expressed by Reverend Parris. He discovers his daughter Betty completely immobile, after seeing her sneaking in the woods with his niece Abigail and their slave Tituba. The truth is that these girls have created a fake plot in order to blame malicious occurrences associated with witchcraft on innocent women, for their own benefit.
Earlier when he got the idea his "smile stretched like a weary snake waking up by a fire. " The snake simile suggests the devil and evil acts, as opposed to his chance at salvation. He will choose to listen to this devil as he abandons Lucynell, an angel of Gawd, at The Hot Spot. Throughout the story Tom had showed some good in him but ultimately he was evil. He was only looking to his own advantage and did whatever he felt the need to to get there.
This novel was so incredibly out there with its tone, characters, and setting that any attempt to even slightly recreate something along the lines of it would be futile, and most likely blatantly not as good. Rare is it to find a book so unconcerned with the “rules” of fictional writing, especially one that is so well written and and successful in its excursions from conformity, causing the reader to be constantly questioning their views on reality and existence and of things that we only ever acknowledge as mysteries. There is a great existential tone throughout “Night Vale” that is perhaps perfectly represented through this quote: “Your existence is not impossible, but also not very
Reputation is something that can be left to linger around, haunting people 's lives for years. In the Crucible, Reverend Parris feels the effects of reputation first hand. Parris is a godly man who wants nothing more than to preserve his image. Parris’s motives are portrayed throughout the story when he catches his niece and daughter dancing the woods, a sign of witchcraft. Yet, after this he is more concerned with how he is being viewed instead of their well being.
The Devil influences the villagers of Salem, Massachusetts by using their ongoing fear of him to manipulate their thoughts and actions in a manner to set himself in the highest position by the end of the Act 1. As the Puritans lean toward blaming the Devil for their misgivings and suspicions, he gains control of their thoughts. Ruth and Betty pretend to fall ill after Reverend Parris catches them in the forest with Tituba and other girls, partaking in what is considered to be witchcraft: an act that defies the laws of femininity in the Puritan society. Mrs. Putnam does not buy her daughter Ruth’s act; rather, she sees it as “‘the Devil’s touch”’ which “‘is heavier than sick”’ (13). Believing that the Devil
In Anthem by Ayn Rand we follow Equality 7-2521 as he goes against social customs to rediscover electricity. He knows that this is a sin because he is merely a street sweeper and isn’t worthy of being a scholar. Equality 7-2521 commits other sins as well, he shows favor towards International 4-8818 and Liberty 5-3000 even naming her the Golden One. After showing his rediscover to the World Council, Equality 7-2521 is disregarded for only the scholars are worthy of innovation. Before he can be fatally punished Equality 7-2521 flees into the Uncharted Forest, and is saddened because he knows that he will never see the Golden One again but also thankful for she deserves better than the Damned.
Arnold Friend, the antagonist in Joyce Carol Oates’s story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” represents the devil who arrives to bring Connie to the underworld. For example, his unusual appearance implies that he is an inhuman being, unlike what he wants to lead on. As he struggles to walk from his car to the front door, Connie notes that “his whole face was a mask... tanned down to his throat...as if he had..makeup on..but had forgotten about his throat”(5). Arnold Friend covers his demonic features in order to pass as a teenager with the intention of deceiving Connie into leaving with him.
The people in the drive-in movie were trying to avoid getting bit by the mosquitoes; but it was also a metaphor for the Native Americans fighting the “white men.” She explains they are trying to keep the mosquitos out but nothing would keep them away; which is also like the Natives fighting to keep their land, but could not win. “They break through the smoke screen for blood” is describing the Whites getting in and killing many people. Similarly, in Sherman Alexie 's poem, he states “Cain lifts Crow, that heavy black bird and strikes down Abel. Damn, says Crow, I guess this is just the beginning” (Alexie 1).
“Rafar stepped up behind Langstrat and sank his talons deep into her skull. She twitched and gagged for a moment and then slowly, hideously, her countenance took on the unmistakable expressions of the Prince of Babylon himself” (“Read” Ch.19). This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti is a Christian novel that deals with how demons and angels interact in our daily lives. Set in a small town named Ashton, demons plan to take over the town for their personal use. They do this by controlling the minds of several different people, and then making them do what they say.
In both of these short stories Hawthorne’s “Young Good Man Brown” and O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the bible is the topic of discussion as a literal expression throughout each story. Both authors write about the existence of Christianity and evilness in their stories. This gives the audience an opportunity to read from two very different mindsets. It’s determined that in both stories the characters have fallen from redemption, but at a certain point return back to Christ.
In Hawthorne's story "Young Goodman Brown" it can be described as a moral allegory that illustrates the puritan doctrine of inherent depravity as the Brown. He tests his faith by entering the forest primeval by joining the man "of grave and decent attire" for an evening in the wilderness. It is apparent the symbols are of a religious nature. Hawthorne wrote in the time period known as the Romantic Period. Hawthorne's rejection of the Puritan belief system is the primary message of this story.
Many readers like to know about the author of the book they are reading; whether it be an author showing bits and pieces of themselves through their writing or through a small autobiography. Hawthorne allows the reader a small and rare glance into his life and his personal feelings as well as sharing a connection with the reader in the preface of “The Scarlet Letter.” Hawthorne’s familiar and personal tone in the preface draws upon the reader’s empathy, eases the reader into the 1600s, and allows a stimulation of the reader’s imagination. Hawthorne draws a sense of empathy from the reader in “The Custom-House” by sharing parts of his life that large quantities of people can relate to. Although he is a very private man his theory for sharing bits and pieces of himself can be described “as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience-it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of our self, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.”