The Symbolism Of Evil In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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The story Young Goodman Brown was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The main character of the story is Goodman Brown who is a very young innocent guy and also religious. The story talks about Brown who went out night to a dark ugly forest and came across and face many evil courses like the devil, witch, the staff and the creepy gray clouds. Evil can mean sins, drugs, and cruel and untruthful human beings. No one can avoid sinning and escape evil because there is evil everywhere and there is no one that cannot escape from evil. Even religious may not help from evil. So these are symbols that connects of how evil is everywhere. The main antagonist of the story is the devil. The devil wants to take Brown to dark path of the forest, it appears that …show more content…

She first appear in the ugly forest. When Brown said, “Then Goody Cloyse knows her old friend?” (pg. 3), he is questioning that if the devil and Cloyse know each other are friends, correct? She also taught Brown catechism when he was a little girl. He appears to be amazed but also shocked that Goody is a witch and felt hurt because he trusted Cloyse his faith when he was young. Cloyse symbolizes untrustworthy. She also represents people or loved ones that cannot be truthful. Meaning that they are evil the whole time and if the person followed him or her and realized he or she have a hidden darker path, the person who followed is going to be heartbroken. And there people everywhere who can have an evil path they take. A young woman, name Faith, is the wife of Goodman Brown. She symbolizes innocence. In the beginning of the story, she was trying to tell Brown that she does not want him to go out in the dark as she said in the text, “Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year.” Her pink ribbons also represents innocence at first, “…letting the pink ribbons of her cap while she called to Goodman Brown.” (pg.

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