Brown - Nate McKnight Prompt 3 2/20/08 Young Goodman Brown...

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Nate McKnight Prompt 3 2/20/08 Young Goodman Brown is a very human character of Hawthorne’s short story. He is real; he is flawed. But he still is honorable. This makes him the perfect character because he represents the struggle within everyone, the struggle of good and evil in its most basic form. The most basic fight of man is within himself. A man who struggles with himself is human, and Goodman Brown is one of the most real human characters to any story. But it is his flaws and human nature in the end that allow him to be taken, to be enveloped in a lie of elaborate orchestration. Through the course of events after Goodman Brown leaves his wife in the street, he is tempted. He is not tempted to be untrue to his wife or to hurt anyone, nor is he given the opportunity to lie, cheat or steal. Instead, he is lured in rawest form. Goodman Brown is entrapped in a weaving, intricate plot to disrupt his perception of the world. And it works. The devil in the story takes Brown’s trust in humanity and the good people of his town and twists it into a web of deceit and trickery to bring him to an unsafe and unbelievable point in his life. Goodman Brown, as his name derives, is in essence a very good man. He, as the reader is
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