What Is A Sense Of False Identity In Short Stories

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The short stories “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The guest” by Albert Camus, “The Dead” by James Joyce, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman are all very interesting. At first glance these stories seem like they have absolutely nothing in common. They’re from different time periods, written by different authors, and all take place in a different location. After much thought, the theme of identity has made itself very clear in all four works. Whether identity unclear to the reader or the main character, there is a sense of false identity present in all four stories. Beginning with “Young Goodman Brown”, a story of a young puritan man’s spiritual journey which lead him to question everything about his own existence. In puritan society only, a preselected group of people are able to go to heaven while the rest will go to hell no matter what their deeds or spiritual work. Brown was one of the ones who was predetermined to go to hell, so to him any of the church officials or anyone who he perceived as holy had no bad in their life. During this journey he witnessed all the bad in the good, holy members of his society: those who he looked up to. He also, in the satanic meeting he found his way into, saw his wife who coincidentally was named faith. Once he let go of his “faith”, he began to question everything and was never truly happy again. Brown does not know if it a dream, he no longer has faith in his religion, he questions every aspect of his
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