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journal #1 - Brown already being uncertain about his faith...

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Thoreau gives a warning in his first paragraph, saying “I trust none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.” From this, Thoreau is hoping that no one takes his words in the wrong manner or has it applied to the wrong type of lifestyle. Living in isolation can teach valuable lessons, but if one is not ready for it, they will not gain anything, and contrarily, will head in the opposite direction than intended. Young Goodman Brown was exactly this type of person. Escaping society and its merciless economy sounds like it could only lead to one direction: self-realization. But
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Unformatted text preview: Brown, already being uncertain about his faith, was too easily drawn away from his original beliefs, and turned to look at everyone through the devil’s eyes. Following his episode in the woods, instead of finding a solution to achieving self-satisfaction, he was transformed into a judgmental machine, and that is exactly what Thoreau warns us of. “The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day… He has no time to be anything but a machine” (6). Brown failed to take into consideration the consequences that can come with isolation....
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