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Written in , a tale entitled “Young Goodman Brown" appeared in a edition of a collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tales and sketches. Mosses from . PDF | On Oct 9, , Thafer Assaraira and others published Young Goodman Brown's Errand into the Wilderness. Published in , Nathaniel Hawthorne's “Young Goodman Brown” reveals the dark tragedy of the Puritan faith and the perils of failing to develop one's own.

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 19 pages. About Hawthorne: Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, , in Salem, Massachu- setts, where his birthplace is now a museum.

William Hathorne, who emigrated from England in , was the first of Hawthorne's ancestors to arrive in the colonies. After arriving, William persecuted Quakers. One theory is that having learned about this, the au- thor added the "w" to his surname in his early twenties, shortly after graduating from college.

Hawthorne's father, Nathaniel Hathorne, Sr. He uses the projection onto others as a defense.

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He says that people from Salem are evil and followers of the Devil, but he never assumes himself as one of them not even when the old man says that his father was one of them: "… I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem; and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, sited at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philip's war.

They were my good friends, both; and many a pleasant walk have we had along this path, and returned merrily after midnight. I would fain be friends with you for their sake.

We are a people of prayer, and good works to boot, and abide no such wickedness. The witches meeting at the night in the forest is actually a ceremony of initiation of new members.

Among these members are Goodman Brown, and later his wife Faith. At this time, he loses all the faith, he finally accepts that human kind are condemned to be wrong, evil and corrupted no matter what they pretend or they do.

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But in addition to this, the loss of innocence is also approached through his walk and initiation into the Sabbath. As Goodman Brown is feeling good about his strength in resisting the Devil, he hears the voices of the minister and Deacon Gookin. When Goodman Brown hears this he becomes weak and falls to the ground.

Brown then hears what he believed to be voices that he has before in the community. Goodman believes this is Faith and he yells out her name only to be mimicked by the echoes of the forest, as if his calls to Faith were falling on deaf ears.

A pink ribbon flies through the air and Goodman grabs it. The suggestion that the woman in question is his Faith, and because of this, he easily loses his faith.

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Goodman Brown then loses all of his inhibitions and begins to laugh insanely. Goodman Brown had at this point lost his faith in God, therefore there was nothing restraining his instincts from moving towards evil because he had been lead out from his utopian image of society.

At this point, Goodman Brown goes mad and challenges evil. He feels that he will be the downfall of evil and that he is strong enough to overcome it all.

He believes that he is better than everyone else in that he alone can destroy evil. Brown then comes upon the ceremony which is setup like a perverted Puritan temple.

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The altar was a rock in the middle of the congregation and there were four trees surrounding the congregation with their tops ablaze, like candles. If Faith was not there, as he had hoped, he would not have to live alone in his community of heathens, which he does not realize that he is already apart of.Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, , in Salem, Massachu- setts, where his birthplace is now a museum.

Like Hawthorne, Sophia was a reclusive person. That is, they can place evil in one another's hearts. Old South Church.


Goodman is leaving behind his Faith and asking for the truth about who or what is good or evil.. More exactly, the government has much to do with Brown. Furthermore, such presumption can result in cruel, unchristian actions, and hence hypocrisy, as Hawthorne suggests early in the story.

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