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Young Goodman Brown And Purity 

Young Goodman Brown And PurityThe story about Young Goodman Brown centers around the allegory of a man pitted
against his past and his desires to reach beyond that which his benighted heaven
would put before him. The allegory is Christian due to the references in Young
Goodman Brown to the devil and Satan. The beginning of the story mentions the
goodman’s wife, Faith. “Faith kept me back awhile,” replied the young
man, with a tremor in his voice, caused by the sudden appearance of his
companion, though not wholly unexpected.”(stanza 12) The man speaks in
reference to his wife holding him back from his journeys. I see this as an
underlying feeling of uncertainty questioned by his beliefs. “Poor Little
Faith!” thought he, for his heart smote him (stanza 5). The Faith for which
goodman speaks seems, at first, to be thoughts about his wife. When read a
second time an underlying meaning renders visible. Young Goodman Brown could of
been speaking to his heart, his faith tested and how week it felt that moment.

The goodman claims that he is from a family of good men that have never been
into the forest on such an errand to meet the devil. The goodman claims that he
is from a family of good men that have never been into the forest on such an
errand to meet the devil. “But, where is Faith?” thought Goodman Brown
(stanza 57). He searches for his wife amongst the casted uncertainty of the fire
and doubts of those around him. This leads to Young Goodman Brown being
described as a lunatic who cannot discern his religious fanaticism from reality.

And there they stood, the only pair, as it seemed where yet hesitating on the
verge of wickedness, in this dark world (stanza 66). This may also symbolize
Young Goodman Brown’s allegoric faith of Purity. The goodman Brown was torn
between what was dreams or what was reality. Although, no matter it dream or
real his faith was shooken.