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His travels lead him to a witch meet, comprised of people whom he admires in the strict Puritan religious community. The meeting causes him to question the authenticity of his convictions. Her name actually serves as an allegory of the virtue of faith itself.
In order to feel more comfortable with his decision, Brown must create a way to justify it to himself. Otherwise, his Christian conscience will nag at him, accusing him of warring against what constitutes goodness.
He trusts that whatever he does in the woods will have no detrimental effect on his spirituality. Yet why does Brown have such boldness to play around with evil? According to Leo B. Brown believes that if he puts himself in the way of temptation, then he will conquer evil itself.
He desires to make himself stronger morally so as to avoid weakness and sin. Oddly, his justification for going into the woods consists of his desire to grow in his own faith.
The reader beholds hypocrisy in Brown as a result of this compromise; he clings to one idea while acting in another way that contradicts it. Brown meets an old man walking on the wooded path.
The man carries with him a staff that wriggles itself like a living serpent Hawthorne Therefore, the old man, associating himself with that particular staff, symbolizes the devil himself.
Would they rather not reject his companionship? The reader now discovers an ambiguity of intentions not only with Young Goodman Brown but also with those whom Brown wishes to defend. The Puritan insistence on good works seems to lack authenticity. Rather, he rebels against using hypocrisy as an excuse to turn against religion.
Brown speaks about an old woman him and the devil encounter on the road: Is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith, and go after her? The woman in question is Goody Cloyse, a person who taught Brown the tenets of Puritanism. Why would such a faithful person turn on their own profession of faith?The Dream of Virtue in Nathaniel Hawthorne's “Young Goodman Brown” Introduction: In “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne invites us to share the horror experienced by the story’s eponymous character when he realizes that all the superficially pious people of the town are in fact Satan-worshippers.
Published: Mon, 5 Dec Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne recounts the riveting dream of a young man from Salem. In the dream, Goodman Brown comes to a defining moment with evil and is enforced to observe the nature of evil in the world.
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The woods are also the proving grounds for "Young Goodman Brown." Up to the time when Leo B. Levy devoted an entire article on the good wife, Faith, most studies had focused on her husband.
Young Goodman Brown, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the thriller, Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski, are comparable texts, sharing a mutual critique of purity and faith. Young Goodman Brown is a dream-like narrative about a young protagonist who discovers the dishonesty of his community and the fraudulent nature of religion.
The next morning Goodman Brown returns to Salem Village, and every person he passes seems evil to him. He sees the minister, who blesses him, and hears Deacon Gookin praying, but he refuses to accept the blessing and calls Deacon Gookin a wizard.