Living Somewhere in Between Good and evil are present within every person one will encounter in his/her life. Is it better for to just solely focus on the good and live life blissfully ignorant, or to focus on just the bad and live life aware and depressed? Is it easier to focus on the bad in others and ignore its presence in oneself? Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays both of these situations in his stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil,” showing the reader that the world is not simply black and white. There is a grey, blended area for one to live in that allows him/her to live peaceful but not ignorant. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Goodman Brown is naïve. At first, he is stuck on the idea that everyone is good but still chooses to meet with the devil in the forest out of curiosity. He knows that the devil is evil and a bad person, but feels as long as he clings to Faith once he gets home he will be safe. Goodman Brown encounters several people that he knows while on his walk in the …show more content…
It is also often easier for one to point out the flaws and shortcomings of others rather than to realize that he/she is actually staring into a reflection of him/herself. For some, it is also easier to see the good in everybody but him/herself. The people in the story who see just the evil in the minister spend their time gossiping and afraid of him. They are so convinced that he has committed some terrible crime, so quick to judge him that they fail to see what it says about themselves. It is often that what one usually sees in another person is actually a reflection of him/herself. That is why it was easier for the sinners to accept the minister. They knew that they were sinners as well and it brought them comfort to think that even someone as good as a minister can commit a sin. In recognition, one will usually find
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Compare and Contrast Essay: Rough Draft (needs editing) What draws people to goodness and what draws people to evilness? Is it the belief in a higher power, is it the journey we experience in life or is it the mistakes we make in life. In the stories “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Prodigal Son” from the bible Luke, qualities that make us good and evil are similar and different in both stories.
In his essay, Visible Sanctity and Specter Evidence, Michael J. Colacurcio illustrates how Hawthorne’s work reveals how “the Calvinist doctrine of election looks very much like the traditional sin of presumption” (393). The fact that Calvinist epistemology resembles the sin of presumption indicates that the notion of absolute certainty in of itself produces uncertainty. The first generation of Puritans, and those who followed, presumed they were God’s chosen people, yet in the same vein, they assert that God’s grace is not certain. Uncertainty then leads to a search for certainty; in certainty’s absence, there arises the path to the unpardonable sin, for there is no certainty without a singular, clear meaning to everything in the world. The
However, true Christianity comes with knowing that we are and never will be perfect, but that God is strong in our weaknesses. Therefore, there is really no reason for the minister to be hiding behind his veil. Another example of irony in “The Minister’s Black Veil” comes with the initial reaction of the people. At first, they look at their own minister and the veil he is wearing in horror (Hawthorne 281).
Next, some book 's and story 's have religious undertones used in them. While not common, comparative religion can be just as important to a story as history and symbolism. Hawthorne used comparative religion between Puritanism and Satanism. As Goodman Brown continues through the forest he comes upon a horrifying situation. “Each pendent twig and leafy festoon was in a blaze.
Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Faulkner's short stories "Young Goodman Brown" and "A Rose for Emily" use morals of the time period to tell a story and teach a lesson. Both short stories are dark and gloomy accounts of the main characters' station in society and their self-imposed isolation. Hawthorn and Faulkner use the characters to describe society as judgmental and hypocritical of one another, and the moral of the story is used to teach the reader a life lesson about judging others. Both stories are dark and depressing. Goodman Brown, the main character in "Young Goodman Brown," thinks he is a "good" Christian, and so are his family and neighbors.
“The Minister’s Black Veil” is actually the representation of the most often referred by Hawthorne theme – the theme of general inclination of all individuals towards the deadly sins, including pride, lust, envy, anger, sloth and so on. This short story is not an exception, as it reveals the author’s bright imagination and talent of presenting his characters. One of the peculiarities of “The Minister’s Black Veil” is an unusual strategy, applied by the author, when he doesn’t reveal the real face of the single character, the readers have the impression that all the rest characters are also masked. The general effect of the writing is rather gloomy and unpleasant. It is next to impossible to find anything positive about an individual, who prefers
Web. 2 May. 2012. The research of “Young Goodman Brown,” explains the various images found in Young Goodman Brown. Some of them clarifies the author criticisms are the Salem Village, the pink ribbons on Faith’s hat, the fellow traveler, the staff, and using of the term “faith”, and the forest.
The main character in “The Minister’s Black Veil”, Mr. Hooper represents how everyone carries a sin with them but some choose to acknowledge it, while others choose to hide them. People may live for long periods of time and say that they are “free of sins”. The truth is everyone carries a sin with them, they just choose to not acknowledge it. This world is filled with people with sins, they may be horrible, while others are not so significant, and others are shared. When people tell their sins to the world everyone looks at them like if they are the devil themselves, or if one did have a sin everyone tries to figure out what that sin is, forgetting that them, themselves also carry sins, but it is much easier to acknowledge others sins.
These scenes give the reader and Young Goodman Brown the idea that things are not always as they seem. The idea that God is the right way and good will prevail is what seems to be challenged in this reading. The man Goodman meets in the woods is trying to convince Goodman to follow him to the meeting and accept the devil. On page 394 the preacher in the meeting says “Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness.
“ We magnify the flaws in others that we secretly see in ourselves” -Baylor Barbee. In “ The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character Reverend Hooper is alienated by his community because he is the wearer of a mysterious black veil. Reverend Hooper is the reverend of his community’s church and has always been well respected by his surrounding peers. One day, Hooper shows up to his church and preaches the sermon wearing a mysterious black veil causing his peers to alienate him. Throughout the story, Hooper’s actions portray just how judgmental our society really is.
In the text, “Young Goodman Brown”, Brown’s gloom and withdrawal is justified by the shocking events in the forest. This is because, during his time in the forest, be bears witness to supernatural events in which he sees that many people he knows from the path of god are in reality on the path of the devil. For Brown to be justified in his feelings, the events in question must be deemed events that were real. To start, when Brown first exited the woods after witnessing the ritual, he heard Deacon Gookin, a man at the ritual, praying.
This talk of devilish acts from people known to Goodman Brown as holier than all causes Goodman Brown great pain and confusion even to the point where he was “ready to sink down on the ground, faint and overburdened” from what he had just witnessed (5). In the short time from when Goodman Brown enters the forest, sees Goody Cloyse, and sees the minister and the deacon, his entire life and upbringing is
(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.
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.
The desires of humanity often reflect the temptations residing in the heart’s depths. Evil’s lure is a strong pull felt by all, regardless of the appearance put on through the conscious mind. In literature, temptation is explored thoroughly, especially in the short story, “Young Goodman Brown”. “The tale becomes in great part, thus, a record of temptation” (Pualits 578-579). The author of “Young Goodman Brown”, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804.