Final Project revised

Final Project revised - Shane Marcheson Ms. Rosemary Tomani...

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Shane Marcheson Marcheson 01 Ms. Rosemary Tomani EN111 0B May 1, 2007 A Critical Look at Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works are almost all of the allegorical variety and “Young Goodman Brown” is no exception to this rule. This story on the surface seems to deal with one mans discovery of evil in his world, but it also deals with humanity as a whole. Hawthorne had issues with the Puritan religion. This story speaks to Hawthorne’s opinion of the internally divisive nature of Puritanism and for that matter all religions. The title of the work itself is an allegory. Taken apart it holds more meaning than one might think. Young Goodman implies innocence. I picture a naïve character blind to the true nature of humanity. The surname Brown, being very common, makes the character an everyman. We have a protagonist who is an innocent in a hard world due for an awakening. This is someone we can all relate to. In “Young Goodman Brown” Goodman finds most of his community to be important members of a covenant of evil he stumbles upon in the woods. He finds the village minister, the Deacon, the governor’s wife, and a number of upstanding citizens to be members of the dark service. This is Hawthorne speaking of the hypocrisy of even the most moral seeming people. There are very few people who are not ashamed of something in their lives and it is often those who seem to be the most virtuous that have
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2008 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Tamasi during the Spring '08 term at Erie CC.

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