Paulits argues that Hawthorne draws on the point of ambivalence of the main character, rather than focusing on the main character is just doubtful throughout the story.
Paulits begins his argument with a quote from Angus Fletcher, author of Allegory: The Theory of a Symbolic Mode, to explain what Hawthorne uses as allegorical intent.
During Young Goodman Brown’s journey, his faith is shaken as he witnesses those he respects the most also journeying to and participating in the witch’s Sabbath.
In “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates that an idealistic faith in our fellow man’s righteousness could lead to disappointment, distrust, and fear....
[tags: Young Goodman Brown, Allegory] - Plot Young Goodman Brown embarks on a midnight journey through a dark and foreboding forest, on his way to fulfill his “present evil purpose.” He leaves his wife Faith behind, this being the type of errand he doesn’t wish to expose her to.
Faith in Goodman Brown’s eyes is a good woman and “a blessed angel on Earth.” (Hawthorne, 1835) Although she wishes for him to stay, and he too feels guilty for leaving her to attend to this errand, he knows he must complete this task and knows that to mar her with the evil of it would taint her pureness of heart forever....
[tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown] - Did you enjoy reading Young Goodman Brown.
Hawthorne was a Dark Romantic and believed in the pureness of ideas rather than following the crowd and doing what society says “is the right way”.
The story of “Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a well written story that pulls readers in by using an important theme, darkness.
An analysis of “Young Goodman Brown” revealed how darkness infects Goodman Brown throughout the story; Goodman Brown’s relationship with the traveler, and Goodman Brown’s mind reveal insight to his infestation....