Double Meaning Of Young Goodman Brown

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All of man struggles with the temptation of sin; of offers so sweet they mask the bitter aftertaste. Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Young Goodman Brown," tells the tale of a good, faithful Puritan who purposefully tempts himself by going into the sinister forest to see if he can deny the devil. While this seems like a righteous reason, the story has a double meaning. His wife, Faith, tries to convince him to stay with her because she is afraid she will fall victim to the devil when he leaves. He ignores her fear but as he ventures into the Forrest, doubt creeps into his heart and distrust manifests in his mind, until he no longer knows the holy from the wicked. Hawthorne uses Young Goodman Brown's wife's name to symbolize not his relationship

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