Calvinistic Beliefs in Hawthorne’s ;Young Goodman Brown;

“‘My Faith is gone!’” (Hawthorne 394) cries Young Goodman Brown after seeing his wife’s pink ribbon fall from the sky and then realizing that humanity is depraved. Although Faith is the name of Brown’s wife, it is also a metaphor for his interior faith in God. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Puritan attitudes towards faith and … Read more

The Themes of the Struggle of Good Versus Evil, and Love in Young Goodman Brown, The May-Pole of Merry Mount, and The Minister’s Black Veil

Symbolism is a device Nathaniel Hawthorne takes full advantage of in his literary works. Through the use of both characters and material objects, Hawthorne reaches similar themes. Writing from an era of Puritans, his themes present in the form of Puritanism, the struggle of Good versus evil, and laden with love. Hawthorne’s central focus in … Read more

The Presence of Laughter in Hawthorne’s works

Within Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” and “Young Goodman Brown,” the presence of laughter is used repeatedly across both narratives, often for dramatic effect, showcasing the act’s many facets and qualities. Most typically, laughter is associated with cheer or general happiness. It is an outwards expression of internal feeling, which usually establishes … Read more

Abuser Characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works

Wakefield and Chillingsworth: Hawthorne’s Subtle Abusers In his short story “Wakefield”, author Nathaniel Hawthorne represents the perverse and abusive inclinations of man at their most random. As a man of no individual value, Wakefield lives a generally insignificant existence, with neither character nor actions to his merit or discredit. Wakefield’s decision to suddenly leave his … Read more

Conflict Between the Individual and Society in "The Minister’s Black Veil; by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Similar to most of Hawthorne’s works, The Minister’s Black Veil not only exemplifies the issues of morality, repentance and sin within the setting of Puritan New England, but it also exhibits the familiar literary theme of conflict between the individual and society. Through this kind of social, psychological and moral conflict, Hawthorne criticizes the Puritan … Read more

Lies and deceptions of Our World in "Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment;

There exists an entirely different dimension, where illusion and deception form people’s personalities and rule their lives, and that dimension is exists here, everyday of our own entire lives. We all live lives only according to what is in our own heads. Whether it be optimism bias, groupthink, or the fundamental attribution error, we all … Read more

Symbols and flaws in Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Throughout his works Young Goodman Brown, The Minister’s Black Veil, and The Birth-Mark, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to show that all humans are inherently flawed and are sinful by nature, and teaches the lesson that you can not obsess over it or try to defeat the nature of our natural imperfections because it will lead … Read more

Pessimistic view on Religion in Hawthorne’s ;Young Goodman Brown;

Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” challenges preconceived notions of religion and offers another view. His view of religion is pessimistic, as his titular protagonist de-evolves into a disillusioned old man whose “dying hour was gloom” (12). Melissa McFarland Pennell highlights the central problem of this story when she observes, “[Brown] perceives the actual, sees what his … Read more

The idea of Youth in "Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment;

On the surface, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” is a story about several troubled adults who are given the chance to go back to their youths and enjoy their former, more beautiful selves. The idea of youth in this story, however, is much deeper than that. Youth is used as a metaphor to represent psychological … Read more

The Impact of Religion in Hawthorne’s ;Young Goodman Brown;

Getting Lost Along the Way Various social movements have shaped society politically, economically, and religiously as centuries have passed. Religion especially has had a momentous impact. During the 16th and 17th centuries, a reform movement known as Puritanism spread voraciously. Puritans sought to take their passion for their religion (Protestant) and rewrite and equalize the … Read more

Corruption and its Variety in "Young Goodman Brown"

In modern society, “corruption” connotes financial bribery, dishonest proceedings, or underhanded deals in business or politics. The perpetrators might waste others’ money and will supposedly suffer emotionally, but Romantic literature points out the more dangerous effects of internal corruption. For example, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne … Read more

;Young Goodman Brown;: One Step From Complete Darkness

What draws masses of fans to midnight premiers of the Batman movies? What factor has made millions of people advent readers of Bruce Wayne, and other figures similar, such as the Punisher? They have no super powers, they must hide their identities from nearly all they come in contact with, and within their stories they … Read more

Analysis of the Theme of Escape as Illustrated by Nathaniel Hawthorne in Young Goodman Brown and Washington Irving’s, Rip Van Winkle

The Wilderness in Young Goodman Brown and Rip Van Winkle In the both of the two stories, Young Goodman Brown and Rip Van Winkle, the main characters are normal and innocent people who wander off into the woods, then fall asleep or enter a trance. Once the characters return from the woods, the world seems … Read more

The Influence of Society on the Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown illustrates vividly how society and culture can very much influence a persons sense of identity and belonging, or in the case of Young Goodman Brown the lack thereof. Being a Puritan man in a society that scorned the ways of witches and the devil, Young Goodman Brown grew up with … Read more

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”

In the early eighteen hundreds, literature in the Americas started a revolution of style in upcoming authors. Authors started to look towards nature for symbolism and society as a source of sin. The underlined meaning in most of these stories was meant to leave the reader with a new perspective of their personal lives and … Read more

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. “Young Goodman Brown” is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community … Read more

The story “Young Goodman Brown”

Nathaniel Hawthorne comes from an interesting background. He was born in Salem and later returned to live there. He was a descendant of William Hathorne, a puritan judge who persecuted Quakers, and John Hathorne, a puritan magistrate who participated in the Salem witch trials. Hawthorne’s kinship to these two notables of puritan history makes the … Read more

The Theme of “Young Goodman Brown”

Theme is what the author is saying about the subject of the story. In “Young Goodman Brown” the subject of the story is hypocrisy. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Hawthorne writes in detail how hypocrisy can change a person for the worse. In the opening pages of the story you can see how hypocrisy is already … Read more

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is set of the mid 1800’s. Hawthorne uses extensive symbolism. This story took us on road of two parallel meanings of Goodman’s life and faith. With the many symbols we understand the loss of Goodman’s faith. Goodman Brown was a young Puritan. Goodman has been called on an errand and … Read more

“Young Goodman Brown”, a story that is thick with allegory

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. “Young Goodman Brown” is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community … Read more

Young Goodman Brown: The Downfall of Young Goodman Brown

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. “Young Goodman Brown” is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community … Read more

Symbolism Use In: “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery”

The authors, Shirley Jackson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both frequently use symbols within their stories “The Lottery” and “Young Goodman Brown. ” Symbols are utilized as an enhancement tool to stress the theme of each story. Hawthorne uses names and objects to enhance the theme, and Jackson mainly utilizes names to stress the theme, although she … Read more

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”

If there is one thing to learn from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” then it would have to be that there is a little bit of evil in every aspect of life. In the short story, Goodman Brown leaves his wife Faith, who is “aptly named”, behind to go on a journey into the forest … Read more

The Allegorical Young Goodman Brown

The story about Young Goodman Brown centers around the allegory of a man pitted against his past and his desires to reach beyond that which his benighted heaven would put before him. The allegory is Christian due to the references in Young Goodman Brown to the devil and Satan; it only seems logical that the … Read more

Young Goodman Brown, a moralizing story

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a moralizing story. Hawthorne shows us the great importance of our faith in God, our family and friends, and at length ourselves. The plight of Goodman Brown indicates that without our “faith” we are unable to live life to the fullest possible extent. Faith is our key to … Read more

Young Goodman Browns Apocalypse

Most criticism and reflection of Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown centers on a good versus evil theme. Critics also debate interpretations of the main characters consciousness; is Brown awake or dreaming. What is certain is that he lives and dies in pain because his belief in his righteousness isolates him from his community. It is … Read more

The Real Monster

Setting plays a major role in Goodman Brown’s journey to losing his faith. It gives a strong foundation to cause him to doubt what he has always believed in. Once he leaves his wife at the beginning of the story, he goes into a dark and scary forest at night. No normal human being would … Read more

Symbol Use Within Two Short Stories

The authors, Shirley Jackson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both frequently use symbols within their stories “The Lottery” and “Young Goodman Brown. ” Symbols are utilized as an enhancement tool to stress the theme of each story. Hawthorne uses names and objects to enhance the theme, and Jackson mainly utilizes names to stress the theme, although she … Read more

Symbolism and the Unconscious in Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthornes work is typically fraught with symbolism, much of it deriving from his puritan ancestry. Not surprisingly, Hawthorne was obsessed with the themes of sin and guilt. John Roth notes that A number of recurring thematic patterns and character types appear in Hawthornes novels and tales (Roth 76). Because he is speaking of what … Read more

An Analysis on Hawthorne

Although many readers may say Hawthorne’s writing is difficult to understand, the descriptions of the characters and settings are vividly depicted through the use of allegory, and his many instances of symbolism throughout his stories. “Young Goodman Brown” is an excellent example how allegory is shown through the writing of Nathanial Hawthorne. The story’s beginning … Read more

“Young Goodman Brown”, one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s best short stories

“Young Goodman Brown” is universally accepted as one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s best short stories. It deals with such themes as good versus evil, loss of innocence, and coping with reality. The internal struggle that Brown goes through leads him to an emotional roller coaster. After Goodman’s journey into the forest he will only be a … Read more

Puritan justification was a topic Hawthorne

In “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts a 17th century Puritan attempting to reach justification as Brown’s faith required. Upon completing his journey, however, Brown could not confront the terrors of evil in his heart and chose to reject all of society. Puritan justification was a topic Hawthorne was aware of as an internalized journey … Read more

“Young Goodman Brown,” Hawthorne

In “Young Goodman Brown,” Hawthorne makes the reader believe that Goodman Brown has learned that truth about the world and how evil it really is. In the story the accounts of Goodman Brown let you believe that he has truly seen the evil in the world and knows what lurks behind everybody masks. He makes … Read more

The Battling Psyche

The human psyche is a mysterious and unknown force that human beings have attempted to understand for centuries. It is understood that as human being we possess this psyche, however the nature of this psyche is not known and has thus been examined and hypothesized upon by many great minds. Literature in particular seeks the … Read more

Hawthornes’s Young Goodman Brown And Rappacini’s Daughter

In Puritan Massachusetts the key word was suspicion. In order to be accepted, by the community, you had to be a member of the “elect,” destined for a spot in the eternity of heaven. In order to be member of this elite group of “selected” individuals you had to be free of sin and evil. … Read more

Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown – What do we not know

What do we not know about the Young Goodman Brown? The nature of his trip – confrontation with evil? or a Faustian business arrangement? Why Goody Brown is so fearful? I recall from a lecture something about it being Walpurgisnacht, or All Hallows’ Eve. The true identity of Young G. ‘s travelling companion (sure, it’s … Read more

Allegory in Young Goodman Brown

An allegory is a work of fiction where all the elements are subservient to a single theme by designating them as symbols of abstract concepts in order to portray that theme. The interaction between these symbols creates an explicit statement on human nature or human relationships, usually in moral, religious, or political terms. In “Young … Read more

Young Goodman Brown, Faith or Destiny

Nathaniel Hawthorne made his mark as a major American writer in 1850, with the publication of The Scarlet Letter. His work appeals to different levels of readers because he creates complex and elaborate settings. Through conflicts within his characters, he analyzes the moral and psychological issues often consumed by their own passions. As he was … Read more

Young Goodman Brown By Hawthorne Allegory

In Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown, the characters and settings are used to show allegory. The characters and setting are used in metaphor to represent something else. The whole story of Young Goodman Brown, represents the journey of everyman. Its path that everyone follows, or so Hawthorne seems to believe. The main character, Young Goodman Brown … Read more

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Analysis

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. “Young Goodman Brown” is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community … Read more

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”

Goodman Brown was not asleep in this short story. As I read, I believed that Goodman did indeed meet the devil in the forest. If he had indeed dreamt about the trip he was sent on and meeting the devil, I think his nervousness would have been described in more detail then it was. Concentrating … Read more

The allegory of Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”

In Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” the characters and settings are used to show allegory. The characters and setting are used in metaphor to represent something else. The whole story of “Young Goodman Brown,” represents the journey of everyman. It’s path that everyone follows, or so Hawthorne seems to believe. The main character, Young Goodman Brown … Read more