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Hidden Evil In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was known for his many ways of writing including hidden messages, allegory meanings and symbolism. Nathaniel also brought back Puritan style writing by discussing religion as a main focus in his texts with everyday people good or bad, also known as religious symbolism. In “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne symbolically illustrates the dark and bright sides of characters throughout the story in order to teach the moral lesson of man and the conflict within, the hidden evil among everyone represented in the mysterious man and Goody Cloyse, Goodman's unknown past, and his unknown future with his wife. Young Goodman Brown faces Internal conflict when leaving his wife during the night to meet with the mysterious man in the woods. “My journey as thou callest it forth and back again, musts needs be done twist now and sunrise. What, my sweet pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already.” (pg.1). This scene shows the conflict Brown experiences between his actual faith and his wife Faith caused by the mysterious man. On the way to the woods Goodman Brown questions the…show more content…
Goodman is so embarrassed to see her in the woods because of his profound respect for her that he hides from her and the mysterious man confronts her. “ Goody Cloyse nor the serpentine staff, but his fellow-traveler alone, who waited for him as calmly as if nothing had happened” (pg.4). Readers find out that Goody is in the woods for the communion as well, when talking with the man she admits that her broom is broken and now she is tired, suddenly the man throws her a serpentine staff that makes her disappear before their eyes. Hawthorne is showing us more foreshadowing of the man being the devil and Goody Cloyse being a witch due to her admitting about the broom. Occurring again Goodman tries to return to his faith after this
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