Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown - Young Goodman Brown v. Society In the...

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Young Goodman Brown v. Society In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the protagonist Goodman Brown goes on a journey through the forbidden woods. After his journey, he leaves the woods a bitter and cynical man. This is because during his journey, he saw the hypocrisy of the Puritan society. At the beginning of the film version of Young Goodman Brown, a woman is being burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. The filmmaker uses this imagery as a way to show the starch moral and religious views the Puritans possessed. Goodman Brown believes the community to be good; “my father never went into the woods on such an errand, nor his father before him. We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs; and shall I be the first of the name of Brown that ever took this path and kept” (Hawthorne). However, as Goodman Brown ventures into the forest, he crosses a threshold that transforms everyone whom entered it before him and everyone who will enter it after him. He realizes that his
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