English, studies in short stories “Young Goodman Brown” In the story “Young Goodman Brown” Hawthorne shows the reader that the puritans seem as if they live life, good and holy.

But behind the appearance there is deception for this people of the church are the worshipers of the devil himself. While young Goodman is traveling he see’s Goody Cloyse and thought to turn another direction, so she wouldn’t see him. In “Young Goodman Brown,” Goodman says, “But with your leave, friend, I shall take a cut through the woods until we have left this Christian women behind.Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going,” (530) He believes she is a Christian women, when in truth she is up to the worshiping or evil. Hawthorne illustrates how Goodman’s views his family, as good people and worshipers of god even though they themselves have committed sin either by lashing at a Quaker women throughout Salem or by using a pitch –pine to set fires during the Indian Wars.

The author in “Blackness in Young Goodman Brown,” writes of how when there is light, darkness may follow. For the spite of all Indian-summer sunlight on the hither side of Hawthorne’s soul, the other side- like the dark half of the physical sphere- is shrouded in a blackness … ” (1520). Melville in his essay tells of how the author in “Young Goodman Brown,” gives the reader an insight of himself in the story. He portrays himself as a Good man by giving himself the name of Goodman; when Goodman shows the inability to be true to his beliefs in the beginning of the story. This is true when his actions are to steer clear from Goody Cloyse, or when it is to hide when he hears Deacon Gookin talking.

Even, when he sees the ceremony and he hides behind the scene. This allusion shows how weak his faith really is just like the weakness of faith his wife. This weakness can be explained by the way the puritans in Salem sees what faith means in a social aspect. Melville also mentions in his writing that, “For it is not the brain that can test such a man; it is only the heart. You cannot come to know greatness by inspecting it; there is no glimpse to be caught of it, except by intuition; you need not ring it, you but touch it, and you find it is gold” this is where you can see that Goodman loses his grasp in the forest.What is meant here is that Melville notices what Hawthorne is trying to show the readers when Goodman’s spirit withers as he goes deeper into the forest. While Goodman walks further he sees his mentor that has taught him from adolescence, being a friend of the devil herself. He hears the deacon speak to other followers of church, in inviting a new member to the devils works.

He even hears the voice of his loved Faith and screamed out her name. “My Faith is gone! ” “There is no good on Earth; and sin is but a name. ” Goodman sees and hears himself what this meeting is about and questions if there is even a god.

When he sees his wife he dooms his heart by his rational thought of mind. Melville sees Hawthorne also demonstrate gloom with the illusion of darkness seeping through the forest and worsening while he walks closer to his task that night. Goodman’s reaction is disbelief at first until he sees his wife at this meeting.

His wife being there is what proved to him that his faith is lost forever to him now. She was faith in the since that it is her name and also in the since that she represents faith himself, the faith Goodman had in the people of his town, in his marriage to faith, in good and in him.He returns home to Salem and finds himself a different person by perceiving others differently. He sees the Deacon Gookin as a wizard while giving prayer; he sees the old man and avoids him while the old man prayed before eating his food. When he sees his wife and gives her a stern look and passes without greeting, even though he loved her.

But since he lost her to the devil he could not help but pass her side even though he wanted her. In the story he is plagued if this may be true or a dream.Even though, in not knowing the truth he allowed that night to take his goodwill and faith in his religion. In the short story Goodman dies with gloom. Melville in the final paragraph of, “Blackness in Young Goodman Brown” knows that Hawthorne truly illustrated dark themes into the short story and it manifested to the readers minds. No matter what has happened there is always evil, because where there is evil there is also good…and no matter how dark the town was it had Goodman Brown as a true sever to god.


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