Loss Of Innocence Quotes In Young Goodman Brown

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Significant Quote: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” Goodman Brown refuses to travel no longer with the Old Man and he responds, ‘“...when you feel like moving again, there is my staff to help you along” (40). This quotes demonstrates the inevitable loss of innocence. Goodman Brown at first refuses, but does use the staff―which earlier in the story was shaped like a snake―because he was convinced that Faith had turned evil. The Old Man is the devil and he bargains with a counterfeit spiritual power and gives Brown the choice to take the staff and therefore give his life to him. In the choir of the forest ceremony, Brown was going to stand to G-d, but then spots Faith’s ribbon. He feels powerless and gives his innocence
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