Use Of Allegory In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is one of allegory as he remarkably uses symbolism, irony and metaphorical references to unfold his story. He proves to be a prolific story-teller inviting his readers to share in the experiences of his characters as they journey throughout the story. This essay will illustrate the symbolic representation of Faith/faith and the pink ribbons to virtue, innocence and purity and how Goodman Brown is dependent on her virtuosity to carry him through his troubling journey. I will express how the innocence of pink is not always as admirable as we dig beyond the surface and how the loss of faith can impress doubt upon even the firmest of believers. Hawthorne’s use of imagery in relevance to purity and innocence is not only characterized by the name Faith but also through the color pink which is representative of compassion, love, nurture and understanding. In color psychology, pink is referenced as “a sign of hope... inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that…show more content…
“And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap, while she called to goodman Brown” (Hawthorne 386). The combination of her name and the pink ribbons of her cap signify a girlish like innocence and purity along with a powerful depiction of Brown’s own faith. Brown refers to her as “a blessed angel” (Hawthorne 387). He goes on further to say, “’I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven’” (Hawthorne 387) which would suggest his belief in her purity to give him strength against the evil and darkness he is about to encounter. He believes in her faith so much that I am inclined to believe that he does not consider himself to be of strong will to resist the devil even though he considers himself to be an honest man and good
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