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Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown

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Heather Brown

on 4 June 2014

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Transcript of Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown

The forest was the devil's domain in Puritan literature

The story follows Young Goodman Brown's journey into self-scrutiny, which results in his loss of virtue and faith.

All About Hawthorne
This classic short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is set in the 17th century Puritan time period, but was written in 1835.

This story takes place during the Salem Witch Trials. Which had the whole town accusing each other of being a witch, this is shown in the short story.

Young Goodman Brown
Salem Witch Trials
What is symbolism?
Symbolism is using an object, word, or idea to represent a larger meaning.
The U.S. flag is a symbol for freedom.
Quick Summery
By Miss Heather Brown
Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown
His wife is a symbol for his faith in God, once Brown thinks he has lost her, he also lost his faith.
Young Goodman Brown
Young Goodman Brown symbolizes the innocence of young, good men, who are all tempted and to some extent all give in. Brown's journey, therefore, represents the loss of innocence
Faith’s Pink Ribbons
The pink ribbons that Faith puts in her cap represent her purity. The color pink is associated with innocence and gaiety, and ribbons themselves are a modest, innocent decoration
The Forest
Puritans believed the woods to be the habitat of the devil. The woods in "Young Goodman Brown" are an obvious symbol of the devil's abode. It can be construed further as the journey into sin and darkness.
The setting for YGB is the Salem Witch Trials in the Puritan period. People were questioned on their faith much like Brown.
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