Within John Milton’s books “Paradise Lost” he creates Satan as the greater character over God. One who works through the individuals to create havoc. Satan is able to skew the minds of man to do what he wants with that individual and to counteract the word of God. A well known example was then Satan manipulated Eve to eat from the fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil. Though some critics may say that within Eve was Satan’s ultimate defeat others may say Satan’s evil soul is embedded in Adam and Eve, soon enough they are kicked from the palace of lush gardens, and everlasting life.
The man Jesus healed is actually possessed, he called himself “Legion” because “for many demons had entered him” (Luke 8:26-39). Jesus also disseminates the demons on to another, but he chooses pigs because they already have no soul. The Warden Hal Moores Melinda’s symbolizes Judas. He signed the execution note after John had just cured his wife of cancer after he promised to not do that. Like Judas he was a traitor because he made a promise but failed to maintain it.
At one moment it is a withered and twisted stick while at another it changes into a slithering serpent. It is thus symbolically speaking something that has the potential to harm or to help, much like the religious figures Goodman Brown encounters in the dark. It is also worth noting that the serpent that the stick becomes is representative of the devil and evil. One of the most obvious symbols in “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the concept of Goodman being both literally and metaphorically married to Faith. His faith is what he most treasures and after his experience it is what he is most afraid of
He testified that God’s anger is greater on those who are standing on earth, over the ones being tormented in hell, compelling his audience with fear. As he proceeded to develop his argument he compared humans with worms, snakes, and spiders, loathsome, abhorrent creatures. Verifying once more the Machiavellian maneuvers Edwards tried to impose on the evangelical church. Consequently he affirmed God’s will is the only reason sinners are not being tormented in hell, creating an
Edward begins with how God is angry and how only through conversion will mankind find peace from going to the pits of hell. Edward explains, "The God that hold you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you and is dreadfully provoked" (Pg. 126). Edward's' metaphor describes how people in life, when faced with a pest such as a spider, think nothing of it at all to kill it. Edwards compares that logic to God's anger against mankind and how God can see mankind as pests and easily throw them down into hell.
When Goodman Brown is being tempted to go to the witches Sabbath, we see even those who must be the most holy people of the town on their way to the Sabbath, making Goody Cloyse “a marvel, truly, that [she] should be so far in the wilderness at nightfall” (Hawthorne 3). The devil uses this person, especially to try to push Brown over the edge into temptation. Much like there is a ‘Faith’ keeping a person on the mindset of goodness and pureness, there are aspects of life drawing us away from the goodness. Temptation is everywhere and the goal of temptation is to lead you away from purity to the evil. This temptation is often ignored or denied in an attempt to not fall into it.
The traveler himself is a figure of ambiguity and allegory, for he resembles Young Goodman Brown in physical aspects yet is presented as a demonic figure. His walking staff, as described as “…his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.” bears the resemblance to the staff of Aaron which shapeshifts into snake under the challenge of the Egyptian magicians. The changing of Aaron’s staff is described as a symbolic warning from God in a biblical sense, which ignored resulted in the Plagues of Egypt. This correlation could indicate that the staff of the mysterious man could be a warning for Young Goodman Brown of the “plague” that is to sweep over all his beliefs and interpretations of life. However, there is another insinuation that the serpentine staff is an indication of the devil’s serpent who persuaded Eve to commit sin by eating a forbidden
Despite the fact that he does not appear as a human figure, he controls the thoughts and actions of the Puritan society, serving as the ultimate threat. 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).
A common portrayal of African-American slaves as being superstitions. For instance, Jim believe it is “the worst bad luck in the world to touch a snake-skin” with one’s hands. However, this superstition is proves to be right when the snake’s mate bites Jim. Moreover, in chapter 4 Jim uses the superstitions that other people believe to gain money. Jim has a hair-ball, which has been taken from the “fourth stomach of an ox,” and uses it to fool other individuals into giving him money in exchange for information from the “spirit inside” of the hair-ball.
Queen Jardis the white witch parallels the devil in many places of the bible. Satan, is known to be the pretender who stole into our world and seized authority. In the Garden of Eden, a serpent named Lucifer; deceived the women Eve, by tricking her into eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Brennan). This caused their loss of Paradise and gave the opportunity for Satan to set up rule in place of them (Gen.3: 1-24 NIV). Satan is like the witch, who has worked into the earth and infected those who have been and susceptible to his tactics (Brennan).