How Did Curiosity of an "Unknown" Have an Effect on Young Goodman Brown and Did He Find Truth in the Matter?
In the past an unknown element has been seen to shaken the foundation of people’s ideals in a tremendous rush of paranoia. The victims tend to abandon the norm for the ability to feel safe, even if their actions forfeit the welfare of others. When this unknown element enters the lives of people, it can either recreate or destroy faith forever. In Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, curiosity of the unknown throws him into the hands of the Devil, who obliterates any and all feelings of safety, resulting in extreme paranoia taking its place.
In Young Goodman Brown, he chooses to embark on his journey into the woods to discover the unknown. He is also without an understanding that the knowledge collected on the journey will alter his views on reality forever. The story shows the fall of a man through his curiosity of the unknown. Soon after Goodman Brown enters the forest, he is tempted by the Devil to fulfill his curiosity. It took little persuasion from the Devil to trick Goodman Brown into victimizing him in demonic ways, since Goodman Brown had weak faith to start. This can be seen in many different cases that persuasion can be very easily achieved when When the subject being persuaded has weak evidence and strong curiosity for an answer, his faith is easily weakened. For example, at the start of the journey where he is in the Devil’s company, Goodman Brown talks about how he revered his father, grandfather, and those before him. Goodman Brown was under the impression that his ancestors were righteous and holy men. The Devil then takes the open opportunity to start misleading Goodman Brown into a destructive direction by interrupting and saying,
"I have been as well acquainted 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 woman so...