Young Goodman Brown : Dancing With The Devil Essays

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Young Goodman Brown: Dancing with the Devil

Suppose a person was given the opportunity to do something they have always had wanted to do, and no one would find out. Would they, even though they knew it was wrong? The idea of good verses evil is a common controversy found in literature because it is a relatable conflict of wanting to do something even though it is the wrong thing to do. In the story, “Young Goodman Brown,” author Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about Goodman Brown, a Christian man living in Salem, Massachusetts. Brown is constantly tempted to sin against his religion in order to satisfy his thoughts of the unknown. The theme of the short story Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, "Young Goodman Brown” is that each person has a conflict to resolve between being good or giving into evil. Justifying poor choices are common when one is trying to make peace with their actions. In the short story, Brown begins by saying goodbye to his wife, Faith, because he is departing on an adventure that she disapproves of. His new wife of only three months asks Brown to sleep in his own bed due to her uncertainty of the night. Although he does feel bad for his wife, Brown is still ready to leave on his trip. Brown feels for his wife because he knows he is doing something that he should not be doing. This is shown when the narrator writes that, “With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose” (93).…

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