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  • Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Allegory• An allegory is a narrative in which the characters, the setting and the events all symbolize an idea, concept or another well known story• Many say “Young Goodman Brown” is an allegory for the creation story
  • Goodman Brown and Faith• Goodman Brown leaves his Faith – his wife – at home. Although she asks him to stay there is something he must do• Faith – very childlike, wears pink ribbons in her hair• Faith is innocence also she is Goodman Brown’s innocent faith – “Then God bless you!”• Goodman is a “good man”
  • The Traveler• Looks like Goodman Brown• Takes him deeper into the darkness of the forest• Tells him, “I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem; and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philips war. They were my good friends, both…”
  • The Traveler• Goodman Brown refuses to believe the traveler yet he continues on deeper into the forest.• “The devil!”, screamed the pious old lady• Has a snake staff• He has shown Goodman that all those that he admired embraced him• The Devil
  • The Forest• Darkness• The deeper he goes in the more he despairs• He loses his “Faith” as the dark cloud circles him• “My Faith is gone” – as he finds the pink ribbons on the tree• “There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come devil;” and picks up the serpent staff
  • The Refusal• Although he goes into the meet the evil congregation he is maddened over losing his faith• The Devil asks him to embrace his true sinful nature• At the alter he tells Faith to look up to God
  • The Refusal• His refusal leads to his madness• When he returns he can no longer be a part of the community• Rejects Faith• He is isolated – living in the alternate reality of his madness• Hawthorne seems to be saying you don’t have to reject faith but also must embrace the human sin otherwise you are living in an alternate reality