Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Review

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The Jack of All Trades.

"As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveler was about fifty years old,

apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown, and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features"(Hawthorne 1087).

        The story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a symbolic masterpiece. The author uses the character The Dark Man to successfully symbolize the devil and his ways. The Dark Man is manipulative, powerful, and tempting. Even in today's society we all encounter "The Dark Man".

The Dark Man is manipulative in many different circumstances that symbolize evil. The first circumstance, in which, the Dark Man is manipulative, is when he uses Goodman Brown's grandfather to try to manipulate him to keep going down the path of evil.

The Dark Man states,

"'I have been as well aquatinted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that's no trifle to say.

I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker women so smartly through the streets of Salem; and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my

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own heart, to set fire to an Indian village, in king Philip's war. They were my good friends, both; and many a pleasant walk have we had along this path, and

returned merrily after midnight. I would fain be friends with you for their sake'" (Hawthorne 1087-1088).

The other circumstance is when the traveler tries to manipulate Goodman Brown by telling him that everyone even the deacon at his church travels down the road of sin at night (Hawthorne 1088). With all the Dark Mans manipulative statements it only shows the reader the true symbol of Christians facing evil.

        The Dark Man's staff he carries around...