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Within "Young Goodman Brown", a story composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, conveys

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A.J. Johnson Eric Fish ENGL 1020:A07 7 October 2005 A Revolution in Gothic Literature The gothic movement has come into a new existence in today's society, and while some may find it disturbing and horrific, others find it beautiful and interesting. In the early nineteen hundreds, Gothic Literature was defined as "Noting or pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an atmosphere of degeneration and decay." { Davis Pg 2}. Justin B. Davis, discusses his definition of Gothic Literature: "The spectre of social revolution is manifest in the supernatural "spectres" of the Gothic: a crumbling way of life emerges as a crumbling and haunted Gothic manor; the loss of English social identity becomes the Gothic hero or heroines search for identity. ...read more.

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The narrative supports this in the beginning with the phrase, "And, Faith, as the wife was aptly named..." Faith is relentless in her labors to delay Goodman from departing on his journey. In other words, Faith tries to guard the "goodman" from the path of sin and evil. Faith says, "...prithee, put off your journey until sunrise, and sleep in your own bed tonight." This is reinforced when Young Goodman Brown eventually encounters the travelers in the woods. Puritanism, ambiguity, good and evil, and the tale's structure in "Young Goodman Brown" is conveyed by Hawthorne. In "Young Goodman Brown", Goodman Brown absconds from his spouse and ventures into the forest one night, although the reason is not clearly made why Goodman Brown must take this expedition. ...read more.

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Within every man there is an intrinsic divergence between good and evil and Hawthorne's deliberate use of ambiguity parallels this complexity of human nature. Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown, is hoodwinked by believing in the perfectibility of humanity and in the existence of moral absolutes. The pink ribbons that decorate Faith's cap have drawn more critical attention than any other symbol in the story. In one since, they have been said to symbolize female sexuality, while in another since, innocence is represented. Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes more than one person as symbols throughout the narration "Young Goodman Brown". The most crucial symbolic roles in the story are Goodman Brown, his wife Faith, both of the characters' names are symbolic and signify the character's personality. "With Heaven above and Faith below, I will stand firm against the devil!" cried Goodman Brown. 6 ?? ?? ?? ?? Johnson ...read more.

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