Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Young Goodman Brown

Although Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story entitled “Young Goodman Brown,” would not be a story I would read of my own volition, I do believe that there are certain themes within the story, which are relevant to today’s world. Perhaps the biggest theme that is prevalent in the story is the concept of morality and temptation. Within Young Goodman Brown, the main character, who is very religious, feels himself struggling as he is tempted and pressured to succumb to evil. At one point, he meets a man with a staff who appears to be trying to make Goodman Brown turn from his faith by inviting him to a gathering of witches and servants of the devil. Brown tells him “Too far! too far!...My father never went into the woods on such an errand, nor his father before him. We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs”(Hawthorne).
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