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Allegory in Brown - The story’s setting characters and...

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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan English II 7 September 2009 An Allegory, in Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne’s title character acts as clever opposite of the evil the traveler represents in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s complex allegory “Young Goodman Brown.” Much of Hawthorne’s work is wrought with symbolism, deriving from his Puritan heritage. The story starts creating the expectation that the characters will exhibit the concepts they embody. The story’s characters play a major role in presenting the determination of what to believe and what not to believe. One man leaves his faith, home, and security to take a chance with the Devil on a long journey through the forest, a symbol of strength, courage, and endurance. Hawthorne displays an abstracted allegory with a clear juxtaposition of the conscious and unconscious, making interpretable symbolism from the setting, characters, and plot.
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Unformatted text preview: The story’s setting, characters and plot represent intangible abstractions such as good and evil. This battle is in the forest setting because there is a profound tradition of terrible things occurring in the forest (Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, etc.). Faith, the title character’s wife, symbolizes the religious virtue her name suggests. Her pink ribbons present her with an innocent, child-like quality that typifies Young Goodman Brown’s own spirituality. The journey into the woods can be understood on the level that the exploration of the inner forest may be sin. It is easier to take the painless course of action than to get into situations where morality is not neatly organized into clear regions of black and white. In doing this, you also miss the depth and richness of a fuller experience of life....
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