There Are No Boundaries Between Good And Evil

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In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he expresses that there are no boundaries between good and evil. The use of allegory, characters, and symbolism throughout the story show that evil is present in the people of the town in which Goodman Brown lives. Hawthorne uses the characters to serve as an indication of what he puts as an obvious religious allegory with the Goodman and faith soon to be pitted against an unspeakable evil. The beginning of the story mentions the Goodman’s wife, Faith. The Goodman even swears that after this night he will cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven. One of the character names in the story also represents symbolism. Goodman’s wife’s name was Faith. She represents good. The... View More »

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The staff is also used all throughout the story to symbolize evil. The traveler gives Goody Cloyse the staff and gets another one from the tree. In this story there are many examples of symbolism. The setting, the characters, and the point of view are important to the story and help to develop the theme of the story. The author uses this symbolism to give the reader a better understanding of the events in the story and to draw parallel.
In Salem, Massachusetts, around sunset is when Young Goodman Brown leaves Faith, his wife to embark on a journey into the forest. Faith knew there was danger lurking ahead and pleaded with him to stay. In the forest he meets a man, dressed in a similar manner to himself and bearing a resemblance to himself. This man was no normal man, he carried a black serpent shaped staff.When Young Goodman Brown decides to follow the devil into the world of darkness, and the role reversal of the allegorical begins. The devil has apparently infected all of the Puritan's souls with sin. That led to Young Goodman Brown being described as a lunatic who cannot separate his religious fanaticism from reality. Hawthorne clearly shows that the evils are apparent in men's actions and not in men's beliefs or even their religions. We cannot lean on the crutch of religion, not when we are harming others to gain land or purity. The Goodman claims that he is from a family of good men that have never been into the forest on such an errand to meet the devil. Hawthorne is contingent upon this defense to criticize the patriarchal lineage in which a person places his ...

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