young goodman brown

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Steven Le English 103 Analytical Essay 1 October 10, 2005 Dr. Soles Young Goodman Brown Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, takes place across the backdrop of the Salem witch trials in 1692. The story centers around a late night journey taken by the title character, Goodman Brown. His journey is aided by a mysterious companion, who leads him through the forest and eventually through a life changing experience. In the end, Goodman Brown realizes that nothing is truly sacred- everyone can be corrupted, and the power of evil can take over anyone or anything. The story begins with Goodman Brown leaving behind his young wife, Faith. He doesn’t tell her much about his journey, except that it must be taken between sunrise and sunset. She asks him not to go, but he leaves anyway, and heads toward the darkness of the forest. In this darkness, he meets a middle aged traveler. They have obviously met before, and the traveler is expecting him. He is much wiser, much more cultured than Goodman Brown, who is naïve. Over the course of the story, we are led to believe that this traveler is in fact the devil in human form. As far as symbolism goes, the traveler is a symbol himself. Whether or not he actually is the devil doesn’t matter, he represents evil in the flesh. Even his walking stick, which resembles a “great black snake” (p.293), can be seen as a symbol to
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