Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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In the short story, “Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne he reveals how the main character, Goodman Brown makes a significant statement in today’s society. This statement is no matter what, always trust your faith. In the broader culture of today’s generation a lot of people will go against their gut instinct often leading to bad things. Goodman Brown was being tempted by the devil to follow his evil ways, in which he resisted because he knew it was wrong. This situation is symbolic because there are always many ways one can be tempted. These temptations can cause a person to second guess themselves; however sometimes the best thing to do is not think, but to have faith that things will work out for the best. For one thing, there are a lot of evil people in this world. In the story the devil uses other people from the village to persuade Brown into worshiping him. He even tries to wage the safety of Browns wife Faith by saying “e’en go thy ways,…show more content…
These thoughts often leave a person feeling alone and hopeless. “The next morning young Goodman Brown came slowly to the street of Salem village, staring around him like a bewildered man” (270). Brown returned to the village questioning everyone after the night he spends in the forest. Believing each and everyone to be on the devil’s side including his wife. To say the least the devil is a trickster, can have a person believing whatever he wants them to think if they don’t have a strong enough will power. Goodman Brown let his guard down, he gave an entrance for the devil. Although Goodman chooses not to follow after the devil, he still was scared by his actions. Fear is the number one reason people tend to question themselves. It is said that fear is the devils way to keep one down. I have learned that anytime I am afraid prayer usually comforts me. Just as Brown I have faith in God that he provides my
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