Young Goodman Brown Essay Research Paper
A True RomanceVS. Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story “Young Goodman Brown” generates a relationship in direct contrast with that of a true romance among the roles of Faith and Young Goodman Brown. Whereas a
true romance is the ideal romance exhibiting virtuous aspects such as trust as well as a burning passion and an undying love for one another. The relationship which Young Goodman creates between himself and Faith
is one that is unresponsive and is based on distrust and a willingness on his part to abandon her.
Consequently as far as passion and desire are concerned someone quickly call Dr. Ruth because this marriage is in trouble. After Faith asks Goodman not to depart that night pleading “pray tarry with
me this night dear husband of all nights in the year” he answers her saying “my journey must be done.” He then questions the sincerity of her “peculiar” plea asking whether she doubts him. Since when is it such a
farfetched request for a wife to ask her husband for company on a given night? Does this request signify a lack of trust in her husband? If anything it illustrates a lack of self confidence in himself as well as a lack of trust
in her. In addition after departing his wife Goodman Brown states to the mysterious man he meets in the forest that “Faith kept [him] back awhile.” This means that although both his wife Faith and his own faith delay
him they cannot stop him and thus aren’t more important than committing this deed.
Furthermore there is no evidence of his trust for her in the marriage. Immediately after witnessing a pink ribbon fluttering down onto the branch of a tree Young Goodman Brown cries out ” my Faith is
gone!” By this statement Goodman means that his wife has physically gone over to the devil and that his faith in her is gone. This thereby proves the absence of trust in his wife. When he does see Faith in the forest he
yells to her to resist the devil but is unsure of her ultmate decision. Therefore upon his return to town Hawthorne writes after that night he “shrank from the bosom of Faith.” Goodman isn’t even able to determine
whether or not Faith has chosen the right path. Once and for all this demonstrates the privation of faith and trust in her on Young Goodman’s part in addition to the lack of a deep pure and undying love for Faith. For if
it were not so he would not be so quick to abandon his faith if Faith without a struggle
Hence the relationship between Young Goodman Brown and Faith is not that of a true romance simply because of the insufficience of trust faith and passion Young Goodman possesses for his wife.
Afterall a relationship is a two way street. By setting up Goodman’s character and actions like he does Hawthorne is trying to convey a message of upmost importance. Goodman goes to the forest on a quest to seek all
those who are evil. Eventhough by going to the forest his only purpose is to satisfy his unsatiable curiosity it interferes and eventually destroys his own life This is symbolic of the Puritan People who in their quest for
sinners such as witches and those possessed by the devil live their lives neurotic and in suspicion and doubt.