The Internal Conflicts Of Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Internal Conflicts of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In Young Goodman Brown the theme is not only centered on religious hypocrisy (falsely claiming to have certain religious morals) but also on the internal conflicts of Young Good Man Brown. A basic rundown of the story is that one fateful evening Young Good Man Brown decides to attend a meeting of the black Sabbath. On the way there he come across various people who are also on there way there .These include the devil, Goody Cloys (his catechism teacher), deacon Gookin and the local minister. At the ceremony as he is initiated into the group he sees his wife who is also a convert .He has a sudden change of heart and blacks out after telling his wife to forsake the path she was turning down. The next day he finds himself in Salem town wondering whether it was all a dream or an event that actually occurs .Eventually Young Good Man Brown dies a gloomy and bitter man as there are none he can trust seeing an s his trust had been so blatantly betrayed earlier on in his life.
The first sign of internal conflict between good and evil or rather good and curiosity in Young Good Man Brown .I say curiosity because there is the possibility that Young Good Man Brown attended the mass because he wanted to see how it was and what it was all about. As he leave shies wife Faith he is probably thinking I'll do this one wrong deed then be perfect for the rest of my life; Perfect enough he that he says "after this one night I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven" (211)He is so convinced of her holiness he is using her as his guide to heaven. On his way to his rendezvous he begins to doubt the path he is going down. "As he was walking into the forest I think it symbolic of how his soul is getting darker as the light of goodness fade away from his soul and the Indian behind the trees are the temptations in his life that are out to get him." says Owatas (website 1) Young Good Man Brown even doubts his next course f action but as soon as he meets up with the devil his fate is sealed.
he moves on while conversing with the devil and he finds out the first surprising thing of his eventful night .The devils informs Young Good Man Brown that his father and grand father have been involved in evil deeds such as dragging a woman through the streets and setting fire to an Indian village. Their conversation is interrupted by another character in the tale and that is Goody Cloys who happened to be Young Good Man Brown's catechism teacher in his childhood so therefore she is a religious figure. (Goody Cloys is based on an actual person tried during the Salem witch trail around the same time Young Good Man Brown) .try imagines what goes...

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