Allegory in Young Goodman Brown In 1835, Nathanial Hawthorne wrote a short story by the name of "Young Goodman Brown" which is seen as an allegory that deals with a deep moral issue, as allegories often do. An allegory is a story written in order to portray an underlying message or symbolic meaning. Hawthorne shows his allegory of a man 's test of faith, and how there is evil in everyone through the characters and the setting of the story. The short story of Goodman Brown takes place during the Salem witch trials of 1692. During this dark time, around two-hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft, which was punishable under the Puritan Law. It is also believed that nineteen of these people were hanged and one executed by Puritans …show more content…
These, as well as other minor characters are used as a key part in expressing its allegorical nature. Hawthorne uses some of the characters as metaphors and gives them symbolic roles in order to easily portray his message to his audience. Goodman Brown, the main character, is made to appear as a common man through many different details, beginning with his name. Young was most likely added to the front of Goodman Brown to represent a common inexperienced man who is early in his age and still figuring things out. After all, he is newly married and just beginning his life. Goodman portrays an image of exactly what it says, a good man. Lastly, Brown is a very common name. A reader often connects easier with a name that they are familiar with as it can create a sense of relatability. Brown 's wife, Faith is given her name for an easily recognizable reason which is to symbolize Brown 's religious faith in God. Faith wears a cap with pretty pink ribbons placed onto it. These pink ribbons most likely represent the young, playful, and innocent characteristics of the
“Then god bless you faith said with the pink ribbons”.(Hawthorne 398) Faith is kinda of a symbol of goodness herself so it makes the ribbons a symbol of being good and pure. There is another great use of symbolism and its the staff. The staff represents the evil in the traveler who carried it. Also it represents the devil or the darkness of the meeting.
An allegory is defined, in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, as a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for truths in human life. With that in mind, you can better understand William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies. This fictional story can be viewed as one big allegory, where almost everything and everyone seem to represent and have a deeper meaning. Like the island the boys get stranded on represents the whole world, all the characters and objects on that island are used to convey Golding’s social, political, religious and psychological ideas and themes.
The tone used in “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was serious, but hopeful at the same time. While “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, was more sharp. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses
Young Goodman brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne undergoes the hero’s journey, which is a theory by joseph Campbell that involves a hero that goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis wins a victory and comes home changed and transformed. The hero’s journey undergoes 7 main stages the hero, herald, mentor, threshold guardians, trickster, shapeshifter and shadow. Which the story of young Goodman brown undergoes
(pg. 453)” Young Goodman Brown is a man living in the puritan era who has a wife and family, and is deep in his Christian faith. Young Goodman Brown lived in a town that is all connected to through the local church. Early in the story Young Goodman brown would set out to meet a person who would later be labeled as the devil by one of the locals. Young Goodman brown would have a vision of everyone in his community that would show him their wicked sins.
In addition, in Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne, religious background tied drastically to the theme of the story. Like Young man Brown, Hawthorne was also a Puritan, though he tries to escape his ancestral heritage, he was still born into a Puritan family. Goodman Brown character, morality is tested in the story when he met with the traveler, and he hears his teacher Goody Cloyse. She taught him his “catechism”, although Goodman hears her talk with the devil he still ran to hide because he does not want to be seen associated with a man of such nature. He appears more concerned about how his faith looks to other people, rather than the fact that he has chosen to meet with the devil.
mother. Paul wanted that his mother could celebrate her birthday diligently and dignity by having all facilities leaving aside past deprivation. He managed handsome money indirectly through lawyer in the name of some unknown relative who deposited this money on the condition to pay Paul mother at the time of her birthday in instalments. His mother received a letter from lawyer and when she approached lawyer, she insisted to receive whole money at a time that was one thousand pounds. This showed that Hester thought of only herself and she wanted to get all the money at once on the proclamation that she had to pay back her debts but instead of paying her debts, she spent all money in extravagant.
Goodman Brown loses his faith in his humanity when evil prevails itself in many forms, leaving him to speculate the behavior and beliefs of everyone encircles around him. This story also contains similar Biblical characteristics of the sinful nature in man. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to define that wickedness exist in all humanity and nothing is the way it seems. The story begins with Goodman Brown and his wife named Faith bartering a goodbye kiss.
“Young Goodman Brown.” : An Annotated Bibliography “Young Goodman Brown” is a story about a man who challenges his faith in himself and in the community in which he resides. Gregory, Leslie. " The Text of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's "Young Goodman Brown". " American Literature Research and Analysis.
For many years, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing of “Young Goodman Brown” has been used frequently when discussing the topic of a moral allegory. This story is both a literal and metaphorical journey of a man who is walking to a spiritual crisis, with the devil himself. The use of symbolism and imagery help to set the tone for the reader, when going along with Goodman Brown on his “soul-searching” journey. Herman Melville once wrote that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” has only been improving over time. He said “like wine, was only improving in flavor and body.”
Hawthorne says, “Something fluttered lightly down through the air and caught on the branch of a tree” Faith’s pink ribbons symbolize purity. In the beginning of the story was Faith had her ribbons she was pure but at the end of the story when Young Goodman Brown saw Faith’s pink ribbon come down from the sky it represents how she succumed to evil and Hawthorne lost both his faith and his wife Faith. The third example of how Hawthorne uses symbolism to show the theme good versus evil in the story “Young Goodman Brown” is when the devil is telling Brown and Faith that they will have a new perspective of life, a life where everyone sins. In the beginning of the story Young Goodman Brown saw his family as godly and he saw Faith as pure but the devil shows him that his views are naive and the devil gives him the capability to see the dark side of everything and everyone.
Pink ribbons are used to symbolize innocence in the real world, and how they are represented throughout the story. The wife of Goodman Brown wears these pink ribbons, in order to represent purity. Brown loses them when he notices faith joining the “devil.” “Cries out to Faith to resist this evil.” (Gale).
Secondly, Faith’s pink bow is symbolic because the color pink is generally associated with innocence or purity. At the beginning of the story, Hawthorne mentions Faith’s ribbon multiple time expressing the fact that Faith is youthful and happy. Later, he reintroduces Faith’s ribbons when Young Goodman Brown is in the forest struggling with his doubts about the
During his journey of sin, Young Goodman Brown and the devil come upon Goody Cloyse, Young Goodman Brown's catechism teacher, and, still believing that she is a “pious and exemplary dame” Goodman Brown tries to stay away from the woman by pleading with the devil “I shall take a cut through the woods… being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with” (3). Because of Young Goodman Brown’s beliefs of her innocence, it is even more jolting to him when she “knows her old friend,” the devil, and speaks about stolen broomsticks, recipes including “the juice of smallage and cinquefoil and wolf’s-bane,” and even the same devilish meeting that Young Goodman Brown and his accomplice are to attend (3). With signs that all point to sin and witchcraft, Young Goodman Brown’s shock in saying “That old woman taught me my catechism” had “a world of meaning” as he cannot possibly believe that a woman known to be so holy and righteous in the community could be so evil within. As Goodman Brown moves past the shock of Goody Cloyse’s actions, he is exposed to the sins of the holiest members of their Puritan community, the minister and Deacon Gookin. While Goodman Brown shamefully “[conceals] himself within the verge of the forest… he recognized the voices of the minister and Deacon Gookin” who speak of the same evil “meeting” as Goody Cloyse and even remark that “several of the Indian powwows” will even be present (4,5).
The story of Young Goodman Brown is the story of a tale about the main character becoming aware of the hypocrisy of his faith as a Puritan. Through his travels in the woods at night, he unveils the truths, or what he believes as truths, about his wife Faith, neighbors, and fellow Christians. By the end, Brown loses all trust in his Faith, both literally and spiritually, and refuses to see any good in the world. The beginning scene where Goodman Brown meets the old man has the most significance in the story’s resolution. This is where his mistrust starts to form and where he experiences his first temptations to sin.