Hawthorne cleverly breathes elements of uncertainty, to emphasize the importance of the effect and the insignificance of the sole event. Real or not, the Devil managed to sprout gloom inside Goodman’s heart. His loss of innocence was inevitable, this figment shattered his beliefs and turned him cold. He was unable to stay grounded while accepting that everyone is capable of great evil, which is what symbolizes the corruptible moral
Goodman Brown’s faith began to be compromised and destroyed the second he stepped foot into the woods. Hawthorn names Goodman’s wife Faith to constantly remind the readers of the symbolism of his faith throughout the story. As Hawthorn introduces Faith into the story he says, “...the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap.” suggesting that she is honest and pure comparing it to Goodman’s own faith. When Goodman enters the woods, he is greeted by an old man, presumably the devil, and his faith is questioned. The old man asks Goodman to come to a meeting that he knows would be full of sin.
“So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hands of God, over the pit of hell,” (Edwards 79) Edwards’ motive in his sermon is to scare the less devoted Puritans into being “born again” and dedicating their life to the Father. “The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconnected persons in this congregation.” (Edwards 80) Edwards believes man to all be self-righteous, unfaithful, and dubiously sinful creatures in desperate need of a savior. The only way that they can be spared being dropped into the pits of hell and graciously given eternal life is to repent of their transgressions and bow their knees to God in
They truly believed that if they sinned they would be looked at as if they were scum in the eyes of the church, and this was exactly how Dimmesdale saw himself. He felt so much hatred towards himself because the townspeople thought he was this great man and they praised him, while they were being deceived and lied to. His views of puritanism were almost like a pestilence that will never go away, and would always
The story “Young Goodman Brown” is about a puritan man who loses his faith throughout a journey in a forest but then questions if he ever actually had faith to begin with. Faith is shown in this story by Browns struggles with his personal beliefs in faith and his weakness of morality, these things are shown through his questionable loss of faith, the symbolic points and theme throughout the story. Nathaniel Hawthorne clearly depicts faith at the beginning of the short story by his tremendous selection of his characters. From the minister to deacon Gookin, Mrs. Goody Cloyse who’s depicted as piety and kind hearted and the presence of one of his main character Faith. Her name is symbolic to depict her dedication towards her religious beliefs.
Hooper’s sacrifice acknowledges that sin comes at a high price, as he wore the veil, he isolated himself from the Puritan society and no longer accepted him as that was advent. The theme of the Minister’s Black Veil is that everyone has a secret sin, dying from others and that no one person can escape sin. “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them” (Hawthorne). Reverend Hooper wears the black veil to communicate to his congregation and acknowledge that he has sinned. He sacrifices himself by wearing the black veil to recognize the sins committed by himself and the others townspeople; coming to terms with bad sins and remaining as part of humanity.
Hawthorn uses elements of the era his ancestors lived through to attract the reader’s attention to the evil in humans, because of this the reader travels the same evil road through the forest with Goodman. Through the journey, it makes us think about how strong our faith is and where it lies. With Goodman, it was with his wife Faith, where it seems safe and cheerful. This makes me wonder if this is the same struggle that Hawthorne faced while was writing this story. As I began reading, I became aware of many of the symbols Hawthorne integrated into the story.
A Short Analytic Review of A Child's Grave, Hale County, Alabama A Child's Grave, Hale County, Alabama is a very solemn and morbid short poem by the American poem writer Jim Simmerman. The short poem is just a single stanza without any rhyming words, about 7 sentences long. This poem depicts a poor man living in Alabama who steals a plank of wood in order to bury his child. He leaves his hut and his wife and steps out into the cold December air and begins to drive the plank of wood into the ground where his child resides. At the time of the burial of this Alabamian's son, the year is 1936 in the season of December.
Keeping this in mind, Dimmesdale is also ill, a punishment from god for his unspoken sin, as thus far the praised and respected reverend has yet to confess his sin of adultery. This unspoken truth is seemingly being punished by God in the form of pain within his chest, diminishing his health in petite spurs through his daily life. So long as his sin remains untold, the reader can collect that should Chillingworth not murder Dimmesdale on his own, he will be killed by his illness instead. Thus, all three devices are tied together in one, singular
So we ask ourselves, what are we humans? animals? savages? Or maybe, it’s only Us. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy...” William Golding’s Lord of the flies uses children because they develop to their natural instincts, evil over good.