Young Goodman Brown And The Prodigal Son Analysis

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There is not a righteous man on earth who does not possess the proclivity to sin. Given the freedom to do God’s will or his own, man will instinctively choose to pursue his own. “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Prodigal Son” are two such men who soon realize that “The greatest temptations are not those that solicit their consent to obvious sin, but those that offer them great evils masking as the greatest goods” (Merton, Thomas, 1955). Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Apostle Luke reveal the sinful nature and spiritual transformation of their protagonists using conflict, symbolism, and irony. Comparatively, temptation is the root cause of the internal and external conflicts the confronting protagonists in “Young Goodman Brown “and “The Prodigal Son”. The allure of partaking in the hedonistic lifestyle of Babylon impassions the young son to fulfill his self-serving desires and to reject his father’s authority and principled way of life. Reflective of the young son’s errant nature and blatant disrespect for his father and Hebrew Law, he demands his father to “divide up the property And give him his portion now” (Apostle Luke, para.4). “Haughty in his heart”, he journeys far away from the Holy Land, his family, and his cultural heritage (Apostle Luke, para.4). Comparatively, pious Minister Brown’s fallacious fascination with the world beyond the confines of the Puritan society exposes his innate, iniquitous traits. Further revealing his heretical intention to satisfy his

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