The Promise of a Ribbon: “Young Goodman Brown” and the Brink of Homecoming


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The Promise of a Ribbon: “Young Goodman Brown” and the Brink of Homecoming
Many works of literature deal with the idea of redemption, salvation and descent into hell. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is no exception to this rule. In this very important short story, Hawthorne talks about a man who chooses to follow the devil, and how he goes down this dark path. His wife is integral to his struggle for following good versus evil, and plays a very important role in his choosing of goodness over evil. In the end, Young Goodman Brown looses his faith though it is a struggle. Young Goodman Brown is overtaken with depression and is forever changed by this struggle, which in the story seems to have the surreality of a dream. Young...
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.....scussion is included in “Young Goodman Brown.” Hawthorne builds up his story by emphasizing the importance of Faith in Young Goodman Brown’s life, and what the ribbons mean to the story and to Faith’s character. Young Goodman Brown has an emotional and psychological turn that he can’t recover from when he sees Faith’s displaced ribbon. From there, Young Goodman Brown cannot turn back on his journey that will forever change his life. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown” has a definitive turning point to which the protagonist never recovers from: this is when Young Goodman Brown spies his wife’s pink ribbon on his journey.
Works Cited
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Young Goodman Brown.” The
Literature Network, 2010. Web. 1 13 2009.